"Study: Care Coordination For Dual Eligibles Can Save $125 Billion Over 10 Years"
The Department of Health and Human Services acknowledged that it’s still figuring out how best to controls spending for so-called dual eligibles — individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid coverage — during a subcommittee hearing yesterday, but a new study finds that care coordination could provide at least part of the answer. A report from Ken Thorpe of the Partnership of Fight Chronic Disease, shows that the government could save $125.5 billion over 10 years if all dual eligible beneficiaries are enrolled in evidence-based care-coordination models. Dual eligibles comprise 18 percent of Medicaid enrollees but consume 46 percent of total program spending. Similarly, dual eligibles make up 16 percent of Medicare enrollees, but consume 25 percent of total Medicare spending.