Dually Noted from around the web

January 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

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

Study details the major challenges facing duals demonstrations
Last week, the CMS website published the results of an independent analysis of the state duals demonstrations programs. Overall, the study found that states “say it’s harder and more expensive than initially predicted to coordinate care” for dual eligibles. Among the biggest problems cited in the report were the costs of modifying IT systems to implement the demonstrations and “conflicting Medicare and Medicaid policies regarding eligibility criteria and enrollment.”

“Higher hour” caregivers
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, the profile of a “higher-hour” caregiver is “a fifty-something woman who spends an average of 62 hours a week bathing, dressing, nursing, running errands, communicating with doctors, and managing the finances of an adult family member. An article on Philly.com profiles a “higher-hour” caregiver. The piece describes her struggles, but also shows how gratifying her caregiving can be.

NAMI pushes to close gaps in behavioral health
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is advocating for changes that will further bridge the gap between physical healthcare and behavioral healthcare. The propose increased primary care integration of behavioral health, early intervention, better coordination with law enforcement, improved insurance benefits and established protocols for crisis intervention.

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