The State of Alabama’s shift to managed care has been long in the works, and it looks as though the wait will be a little longer before the regional care organizations will be officially operational, according to the Alabama Medicaid Agency.
While Gov. Robert Bentley has said repeatedly that he remains committed to moving forward with the RCO system, earlier this week he admitted that there are too many questions and not enough answers to allow the system to become effective this summer as originally planned.
“The election changed things, but I think long-term funding is the real issue,” Gov. Bentley said. “I believe a managed care system based on outcomes rather than on fee-for-service is the best way to go for our Medicaid patients.”
Alabama has been working since 2013 toward a managed care system that would shift some of the state’s 1 million Medicaid patients to care through the RCO system, ensuring patients receive check-ups and preventive care while limiting expensive ER visits later on.
Also earlier this week, Alabama Medicaid issued clarification regarding reimbursement by RCOs for services provided to RCO Enrollees by out-of-network providers. This guidance only applies to the populations and the services included in the RCOs. For a listing of the populations and services included in the RCO please visit the Medicaid website.