Dually Noted from around the web

May 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

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

MassHealth “redetermination” has begun
The state of Massachusetts has until the end of the year to “redetermine” the eligibility of some 1.2 million MassHealth enrollees. To identify ineligible individuals, “MassHealth trained 1,300 ‘certified application counselors’ who work in health centers, hospitals, and community groups.” Governor Charlie Baker believes the effort could save the state between $250 million and $300 million.

Most expensive Medicaid beneficiaries account for majority of costs
In a study of Medicaid from 2009 – 2011, the General Accounting Office (GAO) found that “the most expensive 1% of Medicaid-only enrollees accounted for about one-quarter of the expenditures … the most expensive 5% accounted for almost half of the expenditures … (and) the most expensive 25% accounted for more than three quarters of the expenditures.” The study did not include dual-eligible beneficiaries.

Caregivers must “nourish the soul”
In an essay on the US News & World Report website, the director of the Caregiver Support Program at Montefiore Health System says that caregivers are “often reluctant to take some time away from their loved one and attend to their own needs.” Stating that caregivers “need to give themselves permission to take a break,” she recommends physical activity and visits with friends to “nourish the soul” and provide balance.

At Commonwealth Care Alliance, we agree that caregivers must care for themselves while they help their loved ones. Visit our “Caring for our caregivers” page for helpful resources.

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