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Progress Report: Children’s Medical Services Working to Expand Privatization and Reduce Administrative Inefficiencies, Report No. 04-35, May 2004
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Since our 2002 report, the Children’s Medical Services Program has taken steps to implement our recommendations. However, the program encountered problems developing a new information system, and it currently plans to merge data into another system that is not expected to be completed until June 2005. While the program expanded privatization by establishing a new Integrated Care System contract, all client groups are still not covered, and data limitations continue to impede full implementation. The program has consolidated administrative functions from 22 area offices into 8 regional offices, thus reducing duplication and producing annual cost savings of $700,000.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 02-04 Special Report: Children’s Medical Services Privatization Is Feasible; Could Save Over $18 Million, But Barriers Must Be Overcome, published in January 2002.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Children's Medical Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-14 Early Steps Faces Service Challenges; Has Not Used All Available Federal Funds, published in February 2006.
  • Report No. 05-39 OPPAGA Report: Disabilities Groups Should Improve Coordination, But Duplication of Activities Appears to Be Low, published in July 2005.
  • Report No. 96-68 Follow-up Report on the Children's Medical Services Program As Administered by the Department of Health, published in March 1997.
  • Report No. 95-02 Performance Review of Children's Medical Services as Administered by the Children's Medical Services Program Office, published in July 1995.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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