Report identifies opportunities for dual eligible cost savings
Posted on January 11, 2013 | No Comments
According to a working paper recently released by UnitedHealth Center, better coordination of care for individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid could result in savings of nearly $190 billion by 2022. According to the report, dual eligible spending is estimated to reach $330 billion in 2013. Of this total, about $150 billion will be dedicated to long-term care expenditures. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently attempting to address dual eligible spending through a Financial Alignment Demonstration model. In one version of the model, a managed care plan receives blended payment streams of Medicare and Medicaid. The UnitedHealth Center report estimates that the model will cover about 20% of duals and proposes that states can institute more aggressive managed care models to more comprehensively address the health care needs of this population.