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New report details state dual integration efforts

In the fall of 2012, Health Management Associates Senior Consultant Jenna Walls and colleagues from the AARP Public Policy Institute, and the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) surveyed all 50 states and the District of Columbia to develop a comprehensive picture of emerging dual integration initiatives for older adults and adults with physical disabilities.

The research shows that two-thirds of all states will integrate Medicaid and Medicare services for dual eligibles over the next two years, most with statewide initiatives designed to target all full-benefit duals and span most types of long-term care services and supports. In addition, the report discovered that most states are turning to risk-based managed care models to deliver these integrated services to duals.