DMAS Holds Dual Demonstration Care Coordination Workgroup Meeting

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) held a workgroup meeting in Richmond on Friday, July 27th intended to begin a discussion about issues related to service coordination within the proposed Dual Eligible Demonstration. The workgroup members included advocates, managed care organizations that have expressed an interest in participating in the Demonstration, public and governmental agency representatives and providers.  Provider groups represented on the workgroup included nursing facilities, hospitals, home care and hospice, PACE centers, adult day care centers and personal care providers.  Physicians were not represented on the workgroup.

While no formal schedule of future workgroup meetings were announced, it is anticipated that the group will hold additional meetings as DMAS intends that the workgroup’s efforts serve to inform the development of the Request for Applications for procurement of health plans to participate in the Demonstration.

The July 27th meeting was primarily general in nature and provided only basic information about the expectations of DMAS and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services related to care and service coordination.  The presentation slides used by DMAS during the meeting are available on the DMAS website.   The majority of the meeting was devoted to allow the workgroup’s 25 members up to five minutes each to provide their perspectives on care and service coordination.