Study: Little Experience Coordinating Care for Dual Eligibles Warrants Caution

Due to states' little experience coordinating care for people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, policy makers should use caution when making changes in this area, according to a study in Health Affairs.

The authors studied public data on how services are provided to dual eligibles receiving benefits from both programs. They found that enrollment in Medicare and Medicaid managed care is low but increasing and varies widely across states.

The authors said few states or health plans have experience coordinating care for dual eligibles in an integrated plan and there are gaps in data on dual eligibles. They suggested policy makers use caution when considering giving states responsibility for dual eligible care coordination.

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