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.
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.
A federal official defended government demonstration programs that coordinate care for dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in a Senate hearing Wednesday.
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.
Medicare advocates are concerned about the speed with which the federal government is implementing care coordination plans for dual eligibles, according to reports.
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 saysSeptember 23, 2011
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.