Melanie Bella, Director of the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, recommendations and concerns regarding the current dual eligible demonstrations process.
“There are currently seven million elderly low-income Americans who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid, known as dual eligibles. These dual eligibles are among the nation’s most vulnerable population, yet many members of Congress have focused on cutting costs for these low-income elderly...CMS to:
- Make this process as transparent as possible and include stakeholder input by providing the Memorandums of Understanding to the public. Making the Memorandums public will ensure that the elderly will remain protected and providers will be held accountable.
- Decrease its demonstration size to 1 million dual eligibles. Monitoring quality and delivery of care in a large system is very difficult. Advocacy groups do not believe that good person-centered integrated care can be provided this rapidly and as a result, elderly Americans will not receive the innovative integrated care originally desired.
- Verify that integrated care entities have the experience and expertise to care for the complex needs of aging Americans...For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/8/prweb9796412.htm