Dually Noted from around the web

August 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

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

A look at enrollment in dual-eligible demonstrations
A fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that “as of June, 2015, nearly 355,000 beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid were enrolled and receiving services from health plans in nine states with capitated financial alignment demonstrations.” The fact sheet examines enrollment by state, compares the number of eligible individuals with the number actually enrolled, and details how many individuals are enrolled in the various insurance plans participating in the demonstrations.

Updated estimates on MA opioid deaths
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has adjusted its estimates on opioid deaths in the state for 2014. The agency now believes there were some 1,256 deaths due to opioids last year. Also, DPH estimates that there were 312 deaths due to opioid overdoses in Massachusetts during the first three months of 2015.

For a look at the opioid crisis and strategies for helping those facing addiction, listen to the Dually Heard podcast featuring Dr. Barbara Herbert, Commonwealth Care Alliance’s Medical Director of Addiction Medicine.

A mobile app for Medicaid beneficiaries
To help Medicaid beneficiaries better manage their conditions, keep appointments, and find doctors, the state of Arizona is launching a new mobile app. Some say the app will improve patient care and cut costs, but skeptics suggest that many of Arizona’s Medicaid members may not own smartphones, which are necessary for the app to be a success.

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