Audit: Utah's Medicaid program lacks oversight

Jan 19 2010 - 6:11pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- A legislative audit says Utah's Medicaid program has been providing insufficient oversight of its managed care program, leading to unnecessarily high program costs.

The audit was released to lawmakers on Tuesday.

Auditors say they found up to $19 million in potential savings for the program.

In the previous year, Utah had about 180,000 people enrolled in Medicaid at a cost of about $1.7 billion. Utah's two managed care plans served about 69,000 people at a cost of $218 million.

Auditors say their cost-savings estimates are largely based on Medicaid expanding its management vision to be driven by best practices and centered on cost savings.


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