The Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office posted a new national profile of dually eligible beneficiaries (duals) with data through 2011. Highlights include:
- Duals made up 20 percent of the Medicare population, 35 percent of total Medicare expenditures, 14 percent of Medicaid enrollees and 33 percent of Medicaid expenditures.
- Twenty-seven percent of duals who received institutional long-term services and supports accounted for 52 percent of total fee-for-service (FFS) dual enrollee expenditures.
- Out of 24 chronic health conditions studied, 53 percent of dual FFS enrollees had three or more chronic health conditions. This compares to 32 percent of Medicare-only FFS enrollees and 20 percent of Medicaid-only with disability FFS enrollees having three or more conditions.
The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics released its 2016 “Older Americans: Key Indicators of Well-Being” report. The report provides data in 41 key indicators and is divided into six categories: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, health care, and environment.
The National Aging and Disability Business Center, a collaboration of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the American Society on Aging, recently hosted a webinar discussing methods for making a convincing business case for community-based organizations interested in partnering with the health care sector. This was the third in a series of webinars hosted by the National Aging and Disability Business Center. The webinar recording is available here.
The Georgetown University Health Policy Institute – Center for Children and Families, along with the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy and the United Hospital Fund, recently released a report titled, Value-Based Payment Models for Medicaid Child Health Services. The report proposes a new “child-centered” approach to value-based payments in Medicaid. The report raises points about the need to net invest in children’s health care, the critical role of social risk factors in the long-term health of children and the potential for pediatric providers to influence some of those factors.