Managed Care and Dually Eligible Beneficiaries: Challenges in Coordination
Walsh, E., & Clark, W. D. (2002). Managed Care and Dually Eligible Beneficiaries: Challenges in Coordination. Health Care Financing Review, 24(1), 63-82.
This article describes administrative issues and beneficiary perspectives on the delivery of medical services under Medicare+Choice (M+C) and/or Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) for dually eligible beneficiaries. We interviewed staff at nine health plans in four market areas in 2000 and 2001, and conducted beneficiary focus groups in 2001. The study reveals beneficiary confusion about the relationship between their dual coverage and managed care enrollment, and problems with care and benefit coordination across these arrangements, based on regulatory and administrative obstacles to effective benefit and care coordination for beneficiaries enrolled in these varied managed care arrangements