CMS looks to states to develop ways to care for dual eligible beneficiaries

Fifteen states across the country have been selected to design new ways to meet the often complex and costly medical needs of the nation’s lowest-income and chronically ill citizens, according to a press release by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The announcement states that CMS is looking to these 15 states to develop creative ways to provide more efficient and less confusing health care delivery for so-called “dual-eligible” beneficiaries.   Dual eligible beneficiaries account for a disproportionate amount of spending, equal to about $300 billion a year across both programs.

After federal review of the proposals, CMS will work with states to implement the plans that hold the most promise. 

(Sources: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, April 14, 2011; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, http://www.cms.gov, April 14, 2011)