A Medicaid expansion program in Wisconsin is introducing many Medicaid beneficiaries reluctantly to managed care but with an early, effective introduction to its telephonic care coordinators, Independent Health Care Plan (iCare) is successfully engaging these new members.
In this HealthSounds episode, Lisa Holden, vice president of accountable care, iCare, shared iCare’s key strategy in engaging Medicaid members…a call to members within days of enrollment by a telephonic care coordinator…as well as details on how iCare holds the care coordinators accountable for finding difficult to locate members.
During Medicaid Member Engagement: A Telephonic Care Coordination Relationship-Building Strategy, a May 2018 webcast now available for rebroadcast, Ms. Holden shared how iCare has structured its care coordination team, including both telephonic and boots on the ground staff to find, engage and assess Medicaid members.
The webinar provided details on how the care coordinators helps Medicaid members overcome barriers to care; seven rising risk/acuity identification tools; readmission prevention initiatives for high-risk patients; three programs aimed at reducing high emergency department utilization; and details on a Follow-to-Home program for members who are homeless and much more.
Relationships with community organizations that support mental health as well as recovery from addiction are essential to care coordination of Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries, notes Julie Faulhaber, vice president of enterprise Medicaid at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC). These collaborations enable HCSC to address the needs of duals as “a whole sick person, and not just as a diagnosis,” she explains, noting that duals often suffer from depression along with some physical disability. HCSC also has its own integrated team with behavioral health expertise.
Julie Faulhaber shared her organization’s approach to designing a care coordination model for dual eligibles and initial findings from these new programs during a March 12, 2014 webinar Moving Beyond the Medical Care Coordination Model for Dual Eligibles, a 45-minute program sponsored by The Healthcare Intelligence Network.
If payment inequities can be addressed, communication and technology tools in place in large physician multispecialty groups make them ideal candidates for a medical neighborhood, suggests Terry McGeeney, MD, MBA, director of BDC Advisors. Dr. McGeeney, who spent 13 years of his practice career in a large multispecialty group, has also seen some FQHCs and managed Medicaid programs that do a good job of linking community and social supports required in medical neighborhoods.
As for engaging patients in this emerging integrated care delivery system, try explaining the medical neighborhood’s value proposition for them, he suggests. Patients already get why the integrated approach is good for physicians and insurance companies but need to hear why they should buy in to team care, patient portals and other aspects of centralized care coordination.
Dr. McGeeney shared his expertise in developing medical home neighborhoods during a November 20, 2013 webinar, Medical Home Neighborhoods: Uplinking Specialists To Create Integrated Systems of Care.
The philosophy that healthcare is local and therefore, care needs to be local and community-based forms the core of WellCare’s efforts to connect its dually eligible population to health services, explains Pamme Taylor, WellCare’s vice president of advocacy and community-based programs. The Tampa-based healthcare company takes a culturally competent approach to assessing duals’ unique personal circumstances, ensuring their “soft landing” into WellCare’s care coordination system.
Care managers at the heart of WellCare’s multidisciplinary team, conducting a comprehensive needs assessment with each Medicare-Medicaid beneficiary and driving the resulting care plan, ensuring duals’ complex care needs are met at the most appropriate time and level.
Ms. Taylor shared Wellcare’s strategies for meeting members’ needs with community-based partnerships and engaging duals in self-management of their care during an October 2, 2013 webinar, Dual Eligibles: Closing Care Gaps and Engaging Members in Self-Management.