Americans who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid represent the highest-need, highest-cost groups of patients in the nation's health care system. Due to the misalignment of policies, payments, and incentives across the two programs, the care that dual eligible patients receive is often fragmented, marked by disruptions in services and a general lack of continuity. Through the Affordable Care Act, the newly established Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is providing demonstration funding to 15 states to implement integrated care programs focused on higher quality and more cost-effective care for dual eligibles.
CHCS, with support from The SCAN Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund, is providing targeted technical assistance (TA) to help select demonstration states in developing and implementing innovative payment and delivery models for duals. The participating states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, and Vermont.
The CHCS team will provide a platform for sharing information and resources among participating states and federal officials with a focus on helping states to:
This TA initiative builds on CHCS' previous state collaboratives, Transforming Care for Dual Eligibles and the Integrated Care Program, that facilitated linkages between 12 states and CMS to foster new models of integration for duals. Hands-on tools and resources developed to support the duals demonstration states will be shared publicly over the two-year initiative to help additional states pursue integrated approaches for duals.