(ICDS) Integrated Care Delivery System

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Approximately 182,000 Ohioans are covered by both Medicare (because they are over age 65 or disabled) and Medicaid (because they have low income). Medicaid and Medicare are designed and managed with almost no connection to each other, and the long-term care services, behavioral health services and physical health services that are provided to individuals who are eligible for both programs are poorly coordinated. The result is a diminished quality of care, which is reflected in high costs to the Medicaid system and to taxpayers.

Congress recently created a new federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to encourage states to integrate physical, behavioral, and long-term care services into a seamless and comprehensive care experience for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. Governor Kasich’s Jobs Budget (HB 153) authorized Ohio Medicaid to seek approval through CMMI to design and implement a Medicare-Medicaid Integrated Care Delivery System (ICDS). The goal of ICDS is to manage the full continuum of Medicare and Medicaid benefits for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees, including long-term care.

For more information visit the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services http://jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/index.stm