Lewin Group Report Finds that Health Plans Contain Costs and Provide Beneficiaries with Improved Access to Health Services
WASHINGTON, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medicaid health plans are producing cost savings for states, increasing access to services for individuals covered by Medicaid, improving quality of care, and earning high satisfaction ratings from enrollees, according to a Lewin Group report released today by America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Twenty-four existing studies were analyzed by the Lewin Group to determine the savings achieved when states have implemented private Medicaid health plans.
"This study provides validation that Medicaid health plans are improving quality and access while also containing costs," said Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of AHIP. "During these difficult economic times, Medicaid health plans provide states with tools that work and on which they can depend."
Since the early 1990s, state Medicaid programs have turned increasingly to private health plans because of their potential to provide high-quality, cost-effective care. According to Lewin, health plans offer an opportunity for Medicaid programs to stretch their dollars and achieve cost savings without cutting eligibility, benefits, or already-low provider payment levels as states look at ways to alleviate the economic pressure faced by their budgets.
Some highlights of the Lewin analysis of 24 studies include:
"As stewards of public funds, quality accreditation ensures our state administrators that one of America's most financially vulnerable populations is receiving the quality care and service it needs and deserves," said J. Mario Molina, M.D., President and CEO of Molina Healthcare, Inc. "At Molina, we demonstrate this by ensuring all of our eligible health plans are quality accredited by NCQA."
"Medicaid managed care works -- it's that simple," said Daniel J. Hilferty, President and Chief Executive Officer of the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies. "Medicaid recipients are among the most sick and vulnerable people in the United States. Using an integrated, proactive approach to health care, AmeriHealth Mercy has improved outcomes for our members and saved taxpayers millions of dollars. As the nation searches for high-quality, cost-effective health reform options, we offer a model that is proven to increase access to care and control costs."
"This study demonstrates what we see every day: that Medicaid managed care helps our most vulnerable citizens get the healthcare they need and, at the same time, saves money for State governments," said James G. Carlson, Chairman and CEO of AMERIGROUP Corporation. "At AMERIGROUP, our unique programs for people with disabilities and long-term illnesses help our members lead more independent lives by receiving proactive care to prevent unnecessary hospital stays or institutionalization. This approach helps them lead healthier and fuller lives and in the long run lowers the cost of Medicaid."
The study also noted that the FFS setting model makes coordination of care and cost-containment difficult, while health plans create savings opportunities without reducing eligibility and benefits.
For more information, the full Lewin Group report, Medicaid Managed Care Cost Savings - A Synthesis of 24 Studies, can be found here: http://www.ahip.org/content/default.aspx?docid=27090.
An overview of the value that Medicaid health plans provide for beneficiaries and states can be found here: http://www.ahip.org/content/default.aspx?docid=27091.
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About AMERIGROUP Corporation
AMERIGROUP Corporation, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, improves healthcare access and quality for the financially vulnerable, seniors and people with disabilities by developing innovative managed health services for the public sector. Through its subsidiaries, AMERIGROUP Corporation serves approximately 1.7 million people in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. For more information, visit www.amerigroupcorp.com.
About the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies
The AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies is the industry leader in the delivery of quality health care to low-income populations covered by publicly funded programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children's Health Insurance Programs. The company's five lines of business -- health plans, management and administrative services, pharmacy management, care management, and behavioral health -- touch the lives of 6.7 million people in 14 states. For more information, go to www.amerihealthmercy.com.
About Molina Healthcare
Molina Healthcare, Inc. is a multi-state managed care organization that arranges for the delivery of health care services to persons eligible for Medicaid, Medicare, and other government-sponsored programs for low-income families and individuals. Altogether, Molina Healthcare's 10 licensed health plan subsidiaries in California, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah, and Washington currently serve approximately 1.2 million members. More information about Molina Healthcare, Inc. can be obtained at www.molinahealthcare.com.
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