With new federal support at hand to improve care for adults who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare, more states are considering integrated models for this high-need population. The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) has released two technical assistance briefs, made possible by The Commonwealth Fund, to guide state efforts in developing and implementing integrated care programs. Both of these briefs, authored by Suzanne Gore and Alice Lind of CHCS, draw from CHCS’ work with innovative states in the national Transforming Care for Dual Eligibles initiative.
- From the Beneficiary Perspective: Core Elements to Guide Integrated Care for Dual Eligibles details nine essential program design features that should be incorporated into integrated care programs. The impact of these elements is illustrated through real-life examples from two dual eligible consumers.
- Engaging Consumer Stakeholders to Improve Systems of Care for Dual Eligibles outlines critical recommendations for involving consumers in program design, development, and implementation. It includes potential consumer concerns that should be addressed up front and maps out the benefits of integrated care from the beneficiary perspective.
See also resources from a recent national CHCS webinar, Advancing Integrated Models for Dual Eligibles: New Innovations and Opportunities, which showcased two innovative state integrated care approaches as well as the perspective of the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Federal Coordinated Health Care Office.