Melanie Bella

Government officials face increased pressure over troubled dual-eligible initiative

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A long-criticized project to improve the healthcare delivery and payment system for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid has again been under fire in recent days, prompting government officials to defend the slow pace of implementation.

Senate Finance Chairman accuses long-term care providers of 'gaming' dual-eligible reimbursements

Senate Finance Chairman accuses long-term care providers of 'gaming' dual-eligible reimbursements

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Long-term care providers struck back quickly late last week after the chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee accused them of "gaming" the reimbursement system during a hearing on caring for individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

CMS official responds to criticism of pilot programs for dual eligibles

CMS official responds to criticism of pilot programs for dual eligibles

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A federal official defended government demonstration programs that coordinate care for dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in a Senate hearing Wednesday.

CMS defends 'passive enrollment' into dual eligible demonstration programs

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Government officials say safeguards are in place to prevent dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries from losing access to care when they enroll in demonstration projects.

Advocates for dual eligibles are concerned about the fast pace of demonstration project timeline

Advocates for dual eligibles are concerned about the fast pace of demonstration project timeline

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Medicare advocates are concerned about the speed with which the federal government is implementing care coordination plans for dual eligibles, according to reports.

Nursing homes show strong interest in CMS dual eligible coordination initiative, official says

Nursing homes show strong interest in CMS dual eligible coordination initiative, official says

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Skilled nursing facility operators have responded positively to a Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services initiative to reduce hospital readmissions among dual eligibles, agency officials said.

Improved coordination of dual eligibles could save the federal government $125 billion over 10 years, report says

Requiring dual eligibles — individuals receiving both Medicare and Medicaid benefits — to enroll in team-based coordination of care programs could save the federal government $125 billion over 10 years, a new report finds.