Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Study Examines California’s Transition of Seniors and Persons With Disabilities to Medicaid Managed Care

As states show increasing interest in using managed care delivery models for Medicaid beneficiaries, a new brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured explores California’s shift of nearly a quarter million Medi-Cal-only seniors and persons with disabilities (SPDs) from fee-for-service to mandatory managed care. The paper, “Transitioning Beneficiaries with Complex Care Needs to Medicaid Managed Care: Insights from California,” prepared in collaboration with the University of California Berkeley’s School of Public Health, examines how health service providers, plan administrators, and community-based organizations in three California counties experienced the transition. The study also identifies lessons that may inform similar transitions of high-need beneficiaries in other states and transitions due to coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act.

The brief and an updated overview of California’s health care and health care policy environment were released today in conjunction with a briefing at the Foundation on Medicaid managed care in the era of health reform. A live webcast of the briefing is available here¬†from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET today. An archived webcast will be posted to the same page later today. Webcast viewers are welcome to continue the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #KFFMedicaid.

The Kaiser Family Foundation, a leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people. The Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, California.

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