A Primer on Managed Care: Multiple Chronic Conditions
munities they are committed to serving over the long term.
for disabilities, which generally decrease medi- cal care costs over time (Montgomery, 2018). These and other types of innovative arrange- ments will be tested as LTSS assume a more prominent role in healthcare delivery. To address rising demand in the frail elderly popu- lation, service capacity for LTSS will need to be steadily expanded in communities across the country. In turn, this may lead to collaborations between MCOs and LTSS providers that delib- erately set out to capture savings from avoided high-cost care (primarily inpatient hospitaliza- tion), and which can be used to buttress local service capacity. Anne Montgomery is deputy director of the Altarum’s Program to Improve Eldercare in Washington, D.C. Sarah Slocum is a health policy analyst at Altarum’s Program to Improve Eldercare in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Conclusion Contracts and partnerships that AAAs and CBOs are forming with MCOs are becoming more streamlined and organized, a trend that benefits community-based care. Similarly, PACE plans are well-positioned to begin outlining the parameters of arrangements with MA plans to improve the cost-effectiveness, quality, and reliability of services for frail older adults. To maximally benefit communities, contracts could consider specifying that a portion of savings realized from avoided high-cost care (i.e., inpa- tient hospitalization) be invested in community- based supportive service capacity−building, such as workforce recruitment and training, employer support of caregivers, and housing adaptations
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