Health department to rework CommunityCare program
BATON ROUGE- The Jindal administration plans to revamp, rather than scrap, a Medicaid program that links poor children with physicians who manage their care.
State Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein says the reworked program will have a "pay for performance" feature, in which doctors get more money if they meet certain standards of care.
The administration had proposed a Jan. 1 end to CommunityCare, a program that provides medical homes to some 600,000 children up to age 21. Elimination of the program was proposed as a budget cutting measure to avoid a Medicaid deficit this year.
Greenstein says the CommunityCare program wasn't working as intended. But pediatricians objected to canceling the program entirely, so Greenstein agree to redesign it.