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CHA Participates in Dual-Eligible Conference

Key state and federal officials, including Toby Douglas, director of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), and Melanie Bella, director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, spoke at an all-day discussion Aug. 30 on care coordination for dual-eligible persons. An estimated 1.1 million Californians are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal. DHCS plans to enroll up to 150,000 dual-eligible people into integrated care in the next two years. By 2015, DHCS hopes to expand integrated care statewide based on successes and lessons learned from initial pilots and demonstrations. Patricia Blaisdell, CHA vice president, post-acute-care services, has been championing CHA’s advocacy efforts on this issue, and communicating CHA’s support for the development of systems of care and care management for this population, including adequate beneficiary access to all levels of patient care. Blaisdell served on a panel at the all-day discussion and reinforced CHA’s support for the preservation of patient choice for coverage options and providers, while opposing mandatory enrollment into managed care. For more information about the DHCS dual-eligible demonstration, go to www.dhcs.ca.gov/provgovpart/Pages/TechnicalWorkgroupDE.aspx. Contact: Patricia Blaisdell, (916) 552-7553, pblaisdell@calhospital.org

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