Idaho lawmakers have directed their staff to spend the next nine months studying the state’s contract with Optum Idaho, the company that manages outpatient behavioral health services for Medicaid patients.
Since Optum took over outpatient mental health services under Medicaid in September 2013, it has been plagued by problems. The company, which is part of UnitedHealth Group, is under federal investigation for possibly violating the privacy rights of Idaho patients.
As KBSX and the Idaho Statesman reported last year, the providers serving Medicaid patients through Optum have submitted formal complaints with the federal government. ( The two news organizations also collaborated on an in-depth examination of Idaho’s fragmented mental-health system last fall.)
Read the full story at KBSX.