Published on June 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM
WBUR: For The Most Expensive Patients: Better Care, More Savings (Hopefully)
Massachusetts is rolling out a pilot project that aims to provide better care and save money for some of the state's most expensive patients. About 111,000 young and middle aged adults with serious medical problems are on both Medicare and Medicaid. Figuring out which services the different programs cover can be a nightmare. There are a few programs that pool Medicare and Medicaid money for older Americans (65 and up). Now, for the first time, Massachusetts will merge Medicare and Medicaid resources for younger adults so that they have one package of coordinated medical and support services (Beibinger, 6/19).
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