Currently states are making the transition to Managed Care, or allowing Managed Care Organizations to take the lead in providing healthcare to Medicaid recipients. In the Managed Care Model, states allocate a specific amount of money per individual for healthcare on an annual basis. The Managed Care Organization then provides care to individuals, and is responsible for payment of any charges above and beyond what was allocated for an individual. There are dozens of Managed Care Organizations which are expanding across the nation, with the “Big 10” currently covering the care for millions, and expected to expand when additional beneficiaries are Medicaid eligible under Healthcare Reform in 2014.
In fact an additional 16 million individuals are estimated to be enrolled in Managed Care Organizations, including all individuals whose income falls below 133% of the poverty level, but concerns continue to arise regarding the quality of care. From spotty provider networks, which cause patients to be unable to find a specialist in their area, to unreliable data which may prove to leave the MCOs at great financial risk, the verdict is still out on whether or not the move to Managed Care will be a successful one.
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