In every state, Medicaid delivery systems and payment methodologies suffer from inefficiencies that add needlessly to costs and sometimes even harm patient care. There are policies that tackle these wasteful practices, resulting in meaningful savings for states while maintaining or improving patient care. This table tracks Hawaii's progress on some policy options, and it shows that Hawaii still has substantial room to make its Medicaid program more efficient.
Before shifting costs onto beneficiaries or providers by enacting cuts in eligibility, benefits or provider rates, Hawaii should exhaust the opportunities identified below to make its program more cost-effective without harming patient care.
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