CHA News Article

Upcoming Webinar to Outline Duals Demonstration/Coordinated Care Initiative
CHA training will feature impact on hospitals, beneficiaries

CHA will hold a webinar April 23, from 10 a.m. to noon (PT), on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding California’s Coordinated Care Initiative demonstration. The webinar will be largely based on a CHA white paper – scheduled for release next week – that focuses on the strategic and operational issues created by the program. Hospital executive leaders, including chief executives, operating and financial officers, are encouraged to participate.

Featuring a review of the MOU between CMS and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), the webinar also will include information about and expectations for the three-year demonstration. All dual-eligible beneficiaries and the providers who serve them will be impacted by the demonstration, now called “Cal MediConnect.” The three-year demonstration will include eight of California’s most populated and complex counties: Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo and Santa Clara. Two major components of the program include the integration of long-term care services and supports into managed Medi-Cal, and the transition of 456,000 dually-eligible individuals into managed Medicare. The MOU also sets in place a three-way partnership for contracting between CMS, DHCS and selected managed care plans.

This major new initiative will require significant operational changes for hospitals. Providers in the eight demonstration counties will need to understand and prepare now for the Oct. 1 implementation date. Webinar faculty from the Hooper, Lundy and Bookman, PC, law firm and lead author of CHA’s white paper include Founding Partner Lloyd A. Bookman and Senior Counsel Felicia Sze. For more information or to register, visit www.calhospital.org/cci-web.

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