« The Dual Agenda: March 19, 2015 Issue

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Latest Duals Demonstration Enrollment Numbers Reported by ICRC

The Integrated Care Resource Center published the latest enrollment numbers for the dual eligible demonstration projects in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia as of February 1, 2015. Total Medicare-Medicaid Plan enrollment across the seven states implementing capitated model financial alignment demonstrations reached 315,395.

New Brief on Culturally-Competent Outreach Strategies in Health Care Transitions

A new issue brief by Justice in Aging and Advocates for African American Elders (AAAE) discusses the importance of effective outreach and education during any complex health care transition. The brief focuses on how AAAE’s culturally-competent outreach model communicates changes to dual eligible beneficiaries being moved into managed care plans under California’s Coordinated Care Initiative. The brief offers insights and instruction on how to communicate programmatic changes in a person-centered, engaging manner, offering practical tips for advocates and stakeholders.

Eldercare Workforce Alliance Fact Sheet Links Individuals and Family Caregivers to Geriatrics Resources

A new fact sheet from the Eldercare Workforce Alliance provides helpful resources for older adults and family caregivers about health care providers with geriatrics and gerontology training. The online document actively links to lists of providers and other resources for individuals and their family caregivers. 

Promoting Integrated Care through State Payment and Financing Models

A new brief by the Center for Health Care Strategies, with support from the Commonwealth Fund, assesses potential financing mechanisms to facilitate integration, with a particular focus on Medicaid. Drawing from interviews with experts across the country, it offers models ranging from one-time seed funding for pilot projects to blended financing arrangements that support comprehensive integration. The brief also highlights payment methodologies designed to influence providers to incorporate social services into their care efforts, with a focus on moving away from fee-for-service and toward value-based payment strategies like global budgets.

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