In a blog post covering the promising results of a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about the Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO) program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reiterated that integrated care is improving outcomes.
MSHO plans program coordinate all the Medicare and Medicaid benefits their members receive, including Medicare coverage of acute medical care and Medicaid coverage of long-term services and support. In comparing the experiences of similar patients inside and outside of MSHO, the report found that MSHO enrollees were:
- 48% less likely to have a hospital stay, and those who were hospitalized had 26% fewer stays
- 6% less likely to have an outpatient emergency department visit, and those who did visit an emergency department had 38% fewer visits
- 13% more likely to receive home- and community-based long-term care services
The work’s not done, however, as CMS points out:
These new findings from Minnesota affirm the promise of integrated care and reinforce the urgency with which we need to continue to develop, test, and scale successful models for better serving dually eligible individuals.