At the request of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), The Hilltop Institute conducted a series of analyses on the health care utilization of Maryland’s full-benefit Medicare-Medicaid dual-eligible beneficiaries. Together, these analyses provide an overview of how this population accesses health care services, the types of services being used, and where the services are provided.

This report examines full-benefit dual-eligible beneficiaries with mental health conditions in Maryland during calendar year (CY) 2012, including number and type of mental health conditions; demographics and county of residence; emergency department use; and Medicare and Medicaid expenditures and service days.

Related publications: Maryland Full-Benefit Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries’ Use of Medicare and Medicaid Services Preceding and Following a Medicare Inpatient Stay, Characteristics of Maryland Full-Benefit Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries with Three or More Inpatient Stays, and The Maryland Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries Chart Book.

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At the request of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), The Hilltop Institute conducted a series of analyses on the health care utilization of Maryland’s full-benefit Medicare-Medicaid dual-eligible beneficiaries. Together, these analyses provide an overview of how this population accesses health care services, the types of services being used, and where the services are provided.

This report explores dual-eligible beneficiaries’ use of post-acute care (i.e., skilled nursing, inpatient rehabilitation, nursing facility services, hospice, and home health services) in the 30 days immediately following an inpatient stay, as well as their settings of care in the 7 days preceding an inpatient stay. In addition to pre- and post-inpatient settings, the report examines demographics, county of residence, and the most frequent diagnosis-related groups for the population studied.

Related publications: An Analysis of Selected Mental Health Conditions among Maryland Full-Benefit Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries, Characteristics of Maryland Full-Benefit Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries with Three or More Inpatient Stays, and The Maryland Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries Chart Book.

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The Maryland Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries Chart Book provides an overview of Maryland dual-eligible beneficiaries with breakdowns by benefit category, age, race, gender, and county of residence; the cost to Medicare and Medicaid of providing care to this population; and the prevalence and costs of chronic health conditions. The chart book is the most recent edition in Hilltop’s chart book series, which includes publications on Medicaid long-term services and supports in Maryland and Medicaid services for individuals with traumatic brain injury and autism.

Related publications: Maryland Full-Benefit Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries’ Use of Medicare and Medicaid Services Preceding and Following a Medicare Inpatient Stay, An Analysis of Selected Mental Health Conditions among Maryland Full-Benefit Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries, and Characteristics of Maryland Full-Benefit Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries with Three or More Inpatient Stays.

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Hilltop provided this report to the Maryland Dental Action Coalition (MDAC) to examine the cost and policy implications of expanding adult dental coverage under Maryland Medicaid. Currently, Maryland is among 15 states that only cover emergency dental benefits for adults, while 17 states provide limited but broader coverage, and 15 states provide extensive coverage, according to the Center for Health Care Strategies. The only exceptions to this coverage limitation in Maryland are dental services for pregnant women and individuals enrolled in the Rare and Expensive Case Management program.

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HealthChoice—Maryland’s statewide mandatory Medicaid managed care program—was implemented in 1997 under authority of Section 1115 of the Social Security Act. Since the inception of HealthChoice, the Maryland Department of Health has conducted five comprehensive evaluations of the program as part of the 1115 waiver renewals. Between waiver renewals, the Department completes an annual evaluation for HealthChoice stakeholders. This report is the 2013 annual evaluation of the HealthChoice program.

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The Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in Maryland Chart Book, Volume 2, The Autism Waiver is the second chart book in a series of two that explores service utilization and expenditures for Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports in Maryland. Volume 1 in this series explores service utilization and expenditures for Maryland Medicaid’s Living at Home Waiver, Waiver for Adults, and Medical Day Care Waiver, as well as Maryland State Plan personal care services and Medicaid nursing facility utilization and expenditures.

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Network adequacy refers to a health plan’s ability to provide reasonable access to sufficient in-network providers. Essential community providers (ECPs) serve low-income and medically underserved populations and include such providers as federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), Ryan White designated providers, family planning clinics, Indian health providers, and specified hospitals. Pursuant to federal regulations, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) is interested in further developing policies for ECPs and provider network adequacy. To achieve this goal, the MHBE tasked its Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) to create a Network Adequacy and ECP Workgroup (Workgroup), charged with reviewing background materials and developing and assessing various policy options for provider network standards. The Workgroup included 16 members, representing carriers, providers, and consumer advocacy organizations.

 

This report summarizes the background materials Hilltop developed for the Workgroup and the Workgroup’s discussions of policy options. The purpose of this report is to provide input to the MHBE Board of Trustees for the 2017 benefit year.

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This chart book summarizes demographic and Medicaid service and expenditure data for Marylanders using LTSS in state fiscal years (FYs) 2010 through 2013. Medicaid programs and services addressed in this chart book include the Living at Home (LAH) Waiver, the Medical Day Care Services (MDC) Waiver, the Waiver for Older Adults (WOA), Medical Assistance Personal Care (MAPC) Program, Medicaid Nursing Facility Services, and Money Follows the Person.

 

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Hilltop staff made several presentations at the 2015 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM) held June 13 through June 15 in Minneapolis. Senior Policy Analyst Shamis Mohamoud, MA, presented this poster at an ARM poster session on June 15.

The objective of the analysis presented in the poster is to explore the prevalence of potentially preventable hospitalizations among adult Medicaid enrollees in Maryland, and the characteristics associated with increased likelihood of a potentially preventable hospitalization.

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Health Homes are intended to improve health outcomes for individuals with chronic conditions by providing patients with an enhanced level of care management and care coordination. The goal of this report is to provide a description of Medicaid enrollees’ participation in the Maryland Health Home program and their interactions with the health care system during the first year of program implementation.

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