California Medicaid Cancels Competitive Bidding Demo

Medi-Cal, the state of California’s Medicaid program, has announced that it has cancelled a competitive bidding demonstration project that it had been working toward in the spring.

The Aug. 25 announcement did not state a reason for the cancellation, saying only, “DHCS (Department of Health Care Services) has decided not to move forward with this assessment and demonstration project and Request for Proposal. We are currently looking at other options to save costs for the Medi-Cal program.”

Medi-Cal had conducted stakeholder meetings about the competitive bidding demo in May, but at that time had not officially announced which metropolitan statistical areas or DME categories would be involved in the demonstration.

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