Helping Dually Eligible Beneficiaries with Mental Illness Receive Better Care Coordination

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People enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid have complex, costly health care needs that account for a disproportionate share of spending in both programs. Dually eligible beneficiaries with severe and persistent mental illness incur especially high costs. A team of Harvard researchers will study state-based programs that have lowered costs and improved care for special-needs patients by emphasizing better coordination of patients’ services. As part of this work, the researchers will estimate the expected outcomes, costs, and savings from different combinations of coordination models, payment schemes, organizational structures, and targeting strategies. Policymakers should find the results useful in their efforts to hold organizations accountable for the quality of the care they provide to patients with multiple health conditions.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
President and Fellows of Harvard College
Principal Investigator:
Richard G. Frank, Ph.D., M.A.
Award Amount:
$145,202.00
Approval Date:
April 10, 2012

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