Dually Noted from around the web

November 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Boston Globe looks at One Care
On Monday, the Boston Globe reported on the state of the Massachusetts’s One Care program. The article highlighted the program’s high member satisfaction rate and discussed the enrollment and financial challenges facing One Care. Commonwealth Care Alliance CEO Dr. Bob Master is quoted in the piece.

For more on the current state of One Care, see our previous post on new statistics from the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute.

Another call to change the CMS star rankings
There seems to be a growing movement to change the CMS star rankings to better reflect the challenges faced by plans that serve dual eligibles. A story on RevCycle Intelligence reports on a white paper issued by WellCare in Florida claiming the CMS system “unfairly penalizes plans focused on serving low-income, medically complex members.” Dually Noted has voiced the same concerns.

Medicare proposes lung cancer screening for seniors
A new proposal from CMS would cover lung cancer tests for older Americans with a long history of smoking. The free screenings would apply to beneficiaries through age 74, or some 4 million people nationwide. The proposal comes after a recommendation last year by US Preventative Services Task Force. It’s expected that this policy shift may have the potential to save up to 20,000 lives a year.

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