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DHS partnering with CMS to improve services for low-income seniors, people with disabilities

Minnesota builds upon Minnesota Senior Health Options, which serves more than 36,000 Medicare-Medicaid enrollees

September 12, 2013

Jeremy Drucker

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Today the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) announced a new partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve care for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees – sometimes referred to as “dually eligible individuals.” Under this three-year agreement, Minnesota and CMS will improve the level of coordination between Medicare and Medicaid, better protect enrollees from premiums, help people better understand and receive benefits and ease administrative burdens.

“Minnesota has been a pioneer in developing programs for people with dual eligibility,” said Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “Today’s agreement marks an important step on Minnesota’s journey towards a truly integrated health care system.” 

Under the terms of the agreement CMS and the state of Minnesota will implement payment and delivery systems reforms to more fully integrate primary care, long-term services and supports and behavioral health services for individuals enrolled in the Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO) program. MSHO currently serves more than 36,000 Medicare-Medicaid enrollees.  

“Aligning payment streams makes it easier for providers to better coordinate care and improve patient health,” said Jesson. “Many of those served by this program suffer from multiple or severe chronic conditions and will benefit from better care coordination and management of health and long-term supports and services.”

More information about MSHO is available on the DHS website. Information about the Minnesota-CMS partnership and demonstrations in other states is on the CMS website.

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