Here's an item provided courtesy of independent journalist Christine Jordan Sexton:
A consulting group that lists WellCare Health Plans in Tampa as one of its clients has signed a $105,000 contract with the Florida House to conduct a study on Florida’s managed care delivery system including its penetration in the market and whether providers participate in the system.
House Speaker Larry Cretul signed a $105,000 contract with The Pacific Health Policy Group to analyze Florida’s Medicaid managed care program and produce an overview of the current program, including a financial overview and a study of the care, monitoring and oversight. The report is due by Feb. 5.
According to its website Pacific Health Policy Group has worked with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System and Arizona Long Term Care System as clients. Arizona has implemented a large scale mandatory managed care program for the general Medicaid population as well as a managed long term care system for the aged, physically and developmentally disabled populations.
The Pacific Health Policy Group also also lists WellCare Health Plans as a client. The WellCare group of companies, Staywell and Healthease, are the largest Medicaid HMOs in the state.
The fate of the Medicaid program has been a source of discussion among legislators in the last few weeks with some lawmakers suggesting that one to save the state money would be to shift more patients from the traditional fee-for-service system into managed care organizations.