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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a report and accompanying podcast detailing quality of care oversight in Medicaid Waiver programs.
The report concluded that 7 out of the 25 States reviewed lacked "adequate systems to ensure the quality of care provided to beneficiaries."
Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) renewed the waiver programs in all 7 States, OIG found that 3 of these states still had not adequately addressed the problems long after renewal.
In the podcast, Meridith Seife, a deputy regional inspector general for the Office of Evaluation and Inspections, provides an overview of the report's findings and recommendations and some key facts about home and community-based waivers, the vehicle through which a growing number of Medicaid's elderly and disabled beneficiaries receive services and care.