Thursday, January 12, 2012

New Proposal for Dual Eligibles presented by GWU

Dual eligibiles, those who receive both Medicaid and Medicare, are a relative small portion of those receiving medical coverage fromt the US government.  However, according to UPI, they account for 36% of all Medicare spending and 39% of Medicaid spending.  Part of the reason is the vast amount of coverage and plans they have to deal with in order to have their medical bills paid.  They also often have chronic conditions or are mentally impaired and need continuous care.

Jane Hyatt Thorpe, one of the authors, stated "The new state plan option allows states to design a permanent program in partnership with federal officials that integrates financing and care across the Medicare and Medicaid programs to better meet the needs of dual eligibles."

You can read the full proposal here.

At the upcoming Medicaid Managed Care Congress, taking place April 30-May 2, 2012, there will be a full day workshop entitled "Cost Containment Strategies for Dual Eligibles."  This will be a full day focusing on this aspect of the Medicare system.  For more information on this workshop and the rest of the program, download the brochure.  As a reader of this blog, when you mention code XP1726BLOG, you'll receive 25% off the standard rate when you register to join us in Baltimore.

How important is it to manage the care of dual eligibles? Should this be a priority to control healthcare spending in the future?

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