Mass. Calls For Bids To Manage 111,000-Person ‘Dual Eligibles’ Program
Massachusetts is seeking a new manager to run the commonwealth's health care program for people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.
Boston Globe: State Calls For Applications For Groups To Manage Health Care For 'Dual Eligibles'
The Patrick administration on Tuesday put out a call for bids from organizations interested in managing the health care of about 111,000 low-income people in the state who have complex and costly medical needs. The group includes people age 21 to 64 who are disabled and have been covered by both the government Medicaid and Medicare programs, in an arrangement that can be confusing for patients, strain communication among providers, and lead to fractured care (Conaboy, 6/19).
WBUR: For The Most Expensive Patients: Better Care, More Savings (Hopefully)
Massachusetts is rolling out a pilot project that aims to provide better care and save money for some of the state’s most expensive patients. About 111,000 young and middle aged adults with serious medical problems are on both Medicare and Medicaid. Figuring out which services the different programs cover can be a nightmare. There are a few programs that pool Medicare and Medicaid money for older Americans (65 and up). Now, for the first time, Massachusetts will merge Medicare and Medicaid resources for younger adults so that they have one package of coordinated medical and support services (Beibinger, 6/19).