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Medicaid strategies eyed in Pew report

A recent report by the Pew Center on the States (www.pewcenteronthestates.org) examines state Medicaid reforms being tested to reduce program spending.

Reforms include changes related to long-term care, prescription drugs, new technology, program management, and privatization. The authors conclude that many reforms do not actually reduce spending but shift it elsewhere in the health care system. "We hope this report will help states see the costs and benefits of the approaches other states are taking and aid them in crafting their own strategies to tackle this growing challenge," says Sue Urahn, director of the Pew program.