Study finds no unpropitious impact on open health departments after a Medicaid merger

State open health departments do not indispensably remove appropriation when joined with incomparable Medicaid programs, according to a just-released study. The commentary from this first-of-a-kind investigate should assistance reduce concerns that when such mergers start they automatically lead to cutbacks in open health, says lead author Paula Lantz, PhD, who is chair of a Department of Health Policy during a George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS).

“The regard has been that such mergers have led to open health departments receiving fewer mercantile resources,” says Lantz. “We found no justification in this investigate to support that widespread assumption,” she said.

Lantz, who conducted a investigate while during a University of Michigan School of Public Health, led a group that complicated organizational change in state health-related departments from 1990 to 2009. The researchers detected that in many cases states kept a same organizational structure in place during a 20-year period.

However, a group did find that consolidating open health departments with Medicaid departments did start with some frequency: The researchers found that 27 states (54 percent) had housed a dual functions together during one indicate in a 20-year period. And when