Ohio Medicaid releases updated plans to integrate Medicare and Medicaid; Public can still comment on proposal

February 28, 2012

The Governor's Office of Health Transformation (OHT) announced the release of a draft proposal to improve care coordination by integrating Medicare and Medicaid benefits. The draft Demonstration Proposal (PDF file) for an integrated care delivery system (ICDS), according to OHT, builds on a conceptual model that was released on January 10. The new draft proposal reflects feedback provided by beneficiaries, family caregivers and other stakeholders at a series of stakeholder meetings in January and February and from those who completed an online survey. See also a summary of the proposal: Improving Care Coordination for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees (PDF file).

Additional opportunities to provide comments

The draft ICDS Demonstration Proposal remains a work in progress and will be posted on the OHT website for 30 days for public comment. Ohio Medicaid will hold two additional public hearings (PDF file) in Columbus for public comments on the proposal:

Open Hearing for Providers and Other Stakeholders
Tuesday, March 13
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rhodes State Office Tower Lobby Hearing Room, 30 W. Broad Street, Columbus

Open Hearing for Consumers, Family Caregivers and Advocates
Tuesday, March 20
1:00pm-5:00pm
Rhodes State Office Tower Lobby Hearing Room, 30 W. Broad Street, Columbus

Comments can also be submitted by e-mail to Harry Saxe, ICDS Project Manager at harry.saxe@jfs.ohio.gov. Feedback on the draft proposal will be used to mold the final ICDS proposal that Ohio submits to the federal government on March 30, 2012.

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