General comments about reductions

SCDHHS must make significant cost reductions in order to stay within appropriated funding levels during State Fiscal Year 2012. The agency has worked closely with provider groups and other stakeholders in developing a comprehensive cost reduction plan that will reduce Medicaid spending by approximately $125 million (state dollars). In addition to reimbursement changes, cost savings initiatives include increased beneficiary contributions through co-payments, quality improvement strategies, increased fraud and abuse enforcement and the elimination of duplicative efforts. We will be monitoring beneficiary access to care to ensure these changes do not have a detrimental impact on those who rely on Medicaid.

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