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Daily Text Messages and Nurse Followup Improve Self-Management Behaviors in Patients with Diabetes, Leading to Better Glycemic Control and Lower Costs 8/13/2014
Daily automated text messages combined with nurse followup improved self-management behaviors among patients with diabetes, leading to significant improvements in glycemic control, fewer doctor visits, lower costs, and high patient satisfaction.
Donated Care Program Enhances Access to Ongoing Care for Uninsured Patients, Resulting in Significant Reductions in ED Visits, Hospitalizations, and Costs 7/2/2014
CarePartners, a donated care program, matches uninsured Maine residents with primary care physicians who are willing to care for up to 10 patients for free. Case managers help enrollees obtain needed services, including hospital care, specialist services, and free or low-cost drugs through prescription assistance programs.
Monthly Text Messages Increase Compliance With Recommended Blood Glucose Testing in Medicaid Managed Care Enrollees With Diabetes 7/2/2014
A Medicaid managed care organization uses cell phone text messaging to remind members with type 2 diabetes to get regular blood glucose testing, leading to a significant increase in the percentage of members receiving tests on a regular basis.
Policy State-Financed, Primary Care–Led, Accountable Care Collaborative Provides Comprehensive, Coordinated Care to Medicaid Beneficiaries, Reducing Admissions, Use of Imaging Services, and Costs 7/2/2014
A State-led accountable care collaborative provides comprehensive, coordinated care to Medicaid beneficiaries through primary care medical homes, reducing use of inpatient, imaging, and emergency department services, and generating estimated savings of $6 million for the State.
Program Offering Free Dental Care in Exchange for Community Service Significantly Reduces Dental-Related Emergency Department Visits by Uninsured Individuals 6/18/2014
The Dentists’ Partnership offers free oral health care to low-income individuals in exchange for community service, resulting in a 70-percent decline in emergency department visits for urgent dental conditions, a positive return on investment, and high levels of dentist and patient satisfaction.
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Dual Eligibles: Medicaid’s Role for Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries 1/19/2009
This fact sheet describes the Medicaid/Medicare dual eligible population and related issues including why this population needs Medicaid, what services they receive from Medicaid, and the current policy challenges related to dual eligibles, including the new Medicare prescription drug benefit.
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Last updated: August 13, 2014.