April 26, 2016
MassHealth, the combine management of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs by the Commonwealth, is joining the accountable care movement by proposing a major $1.5 billion overhaul of its reimbursement structures. By developing more accountable care organizations for its 1.8 million beneficiaries, MassHealth hopes to address many of the pressing behavioral health, community care, and long-term care problems plaguing the system.
Restructuring MassHealth would mean that behavioral health and long-term services and support would be managed by an ACO. Ideally, links among social services would be strengthened.
ACO News is a feature of the Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Resource Center, an online collection of tools designed to help Medicaid agencies develop and launch accountable care organizations.