Dually Noted from around the web

September 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

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

CMS to take on Medicare health inequities
Aiming to reduce health disparities facing minority, rural, and low-income seniors in four years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a plan that will increase “the ability of health care workers to meet the needs of vulnerable populations.” The plan will target “Medicare recipients that experience disproportionately high incidences of disease, lower quality of care, and barriers accessing care.”

A look at Rhode Island’s duals demonstration
In July, Rhode Island issued a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CMS to launch a duals demonstration program. The move makes Rhode Island the 13th state in the nation “to move forward with integrating services and financing for its Medicare-Medicaid population.” A post on the Community Catalyst blog examines Rhode Island’s MOU and discusses the challenges the state faces in creating an effective program.

Communication, data management are keys for dual-eligible care
An essay on Becker’s Hospital Review argues that effective communication and coordinated data management are essential to ensuring quality care for dual-eligibles. The piece states that direct mail campaigns, ombudsmen programs, and member surveys can better inform members and improve care. It also claims that comprehensive data management can help craft care programs after hospital discharges and reduce readmissions.


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