Doctors' group gives backing to Medicaid plan

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH — A plan to shift the risk of Medicaid patient cost overruns from North Carolina government to hospital and doctor networks now has the support from a physicians' group after legislators changed the proposal.

The House Appropriations Committee gave bipartisan approval Wednesday to a measure telling the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan for medical providers get a fixed amount of money for each patient they treat.

A lobbyist for the North Carolina Medical Society says the group supports the idea after a pilot program with a public managed-care entity was removed.

The bill goes to the full House. Senate Republicans say the plan is better than one Gov. Pat McCrory offered but they still want the state Medicaid office removed from DHHS.

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