Add Medicare to overhaul, Arkansas asks feds
Arkansas is asking the federal government to add Medicare to the state's overhaul of how insurers reimburse providers for medical care.
Medicaid is already a part of the state payment overhaul, which shifts Arkansas from "fee-based" medicine where insurers and the government pay providers for each test and procedure. The state instead hopes to pay partnerships of local providers for "episodes" of care rather than each individual treatment.
Medicare provides medical coverage for people 65 and older, while Medicaid covers mostly the poor and disabled, as well as lower-income children.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the state announced Monday that it's applied for a $60 million grant as part of the overhaul.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services says Medicare serves 492,000 people -- or 17 percent of Arkansans.
Copyright 2012 KTBS. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.