Virginia Signs Memorandum of Understanding with CMS
Becomes Sixth State to Adopt Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligibles Initiative
June 14, 2013 09:07 AM
On May 21, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Medical Assistance Services of the Commonwealth of Virginia (DMAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) in Virginia (the Demonstration). Virginia is now the sixth state to implement the MMAI, after Massachusetts, Washington, Ohio, Illinois, and California.
Eighteen other states have active proposals submitted to CMS. The MMAI is a joint federal and state project which seeks to improve care and reduce costs associated with beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, or “dual eligibles.”
In Virginia, the Demonstration is called the Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) program. The CCC functions to enroll dual eligibles into managed care plans, and provide long-term care services and supports (LTSS). Starting in February 2014, the Demonstration will eventually coordnate care to 78,500 dual eligibles.
NAHC and its affiliate the National Council on Medicaid Home Care has developed a white paper that details the Virginia program. The full white paper is available here.