Iowa Medicaid Saves $49.5 Million through Integrity Initiative

Iowa Department of Human Services Director, Charles M. Palmer said “This is good news for the Medicaid program as we continue to work to contain costs and improve the delivery of quality care.” 

According the news article, about 40 percent of the savings under the program integrity contract include “cost avoidance,” which is money not spent because of claims errors or fraudulent activities caught in advance.  The other portion is “recoveries,” which refers to funds inappropriately billed to Medicaid that providers must pay back to the program.