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Study finds Montana underpays Medicaid providers by tens of millions

A new study, commissioned by the Legislature and supported by Gov. Greg Gianforte’s appointed leadership at the state health department, affirms what providers have been saying for years: that Montana’s Medicaid program has underpaid providers for the care they provide to seniors in assisted-living facilities, people with disabilities, and children and adults with mental illnesses…

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Montana wants to expand institutional mental health and addiction treatment. What’s the downside? 

In July, the federal government authorized Montana to use Medicaid coverage at large inpatient addiction treatment facilities. But health authorities also delivered a significant set-back for the state’s overall plan: they would not allow Medicaid to cover treatments at large hospitals that handle serious mental illnesses, including the problem-plagued Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs.

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New Medicaid director fields questions on privatization, health program plans

The newly hired official tasked with running Montana’s Medicaid program got a grilling on Wednesday in his first public appearance before lawmakers, some of whom expressed concerns about the state potentially privatizing the system that handles health coverage for hundreds of thousands of low-income Montanans.

Montana hires a medicaid director with a managed-care past

Montana’s new state Medicaid director, Mike Randol, started this week at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Randol oversaw privatized Medicaid systems in Iowa and in Kansas, and he has been a staunch advocate of managed care. Montana is one of just 11 states that has not privatized at least part of…

Tackling Montana’s EMS shortage, from the supply side

In December 2021, Missoula College graduated the first cohort from its new paramedic program. Now the program is exploring more ways to educate the next generation of first responders and help Montana tackle its ongoing EMS shortage — and it’s not alone.

Following tour, lawmakers press Meier on solutions for troubled state hospital

State lawmakers on Friday reiterated their calls for urgent reforms at Montana’s adult psychiatric hospital in Warm Springs, which has long struggled with insufficient staffing and resources — problems that have resulted in patient falls, deaths and loss of federal funding within the last year.

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