Refocusing Responsibility For Dual Eligibles: Why Medicare Should Take The Lead

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This report examines cost and quality issues associated with the 9 million individuals who receive health care benefits from both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles). The report identifies Medicare's opportunities for improving care for dual eligibles, with measures that include:

  • Aggressive oversight and "pay for performance" in Medicare Special Needs Plans that serve specialized populations, including one million dual eligibles;
  • Greater emphasis on dual eligibles—especially those who need long-term care—in payment and delivery reforms initiated by the Affordable Care Act; and
  • Payment adjustments for Skilled Nursing Facilities to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations for nursing home residents, which shift costs from Medicaid to Medicare.

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Date: Oct 2011
Author: Judy Feder