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Evaluation of Medicare Health Support Chronic Disease Pilot Program

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The Medicare Program is conducting a randomized trial of care management services among fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries called the Medicare Health Support (MHS) pilot program. Eight disease management (DM) companies have contracted with CMS to improve clinical quality, increase beneficiary and provider satisfaction, and achieve targeted savings for chronically ill Medicare FFS beneficiaries. In this article, we present 6-month intervention results on beneficiary selection and participation rates, mortality rates, trends in hospitalizations, and success in achieving Medicare cost savings. Results to date indicate limited success in achieving Medicare cost savings or reducing acute care utilization. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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									    Evaluation of Medicare Health Support Chronic Disease 

                        Pilot Program

                          Jerry Cromwell, Ph.D., Nancy McCall, Sc.D., and Joe Burton, M.S.



   The Medicare Program is conducting a                               requires methods for providing ongoing
randomized trial of care management serv­                             resources and supports for patients’ self-
ices among fee­for­service (FFS) beneficiar­                          management behaviors and skills. It also
ies called the Medicare Health Support                                requires adopting best practices from
(MHS) pilot program. Eight 
								
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