You may have heard the horror stories about managed care from news stories or parents who live in surrounding states. With our budget situation, Arkansans may see more than one type proposed. DHS has presented a model of provider-led organized care, which means that Arkansas providers would band together to provide organization of care for Medicaid patients, as well as cost savings for the Arkansas budget. States around us have implemented capitated managed care, in which an outside company enforces maximum cost savings. Of course, examining from an objective view, you will see benefits as well as drawbacks to the DHS model; however, it seems to be a middle ground attempt to achieve savings while still providing quality care. These documents are information that DHS has presented. Before you express an opinion, make sure you have educated yourself. MSL representatives also had a meeting with DHS and DDS to ask specific questions about how this will affect patients and jobs in Arkansas, and that will be posted soon.
Again, please read these documents to understand what’s being proposed, so that you can form a opinion for yourself. If you have any questions, please ask them!
If you have any questions, please send them our way. Lainey, the MSL founder, has regular meetings with DDS/DHS specifically to ask your questions and communicate your concerns!