Interest groups laud Kasich for work with new federal healthcare office

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Those patients, often referred to as “dual eligibles,” are some of the sickest and most expensive in the country. They account for a disproportionate share of both state and federal healthcare spending, and finding ways to better coordinate their care is a key goal of the CMMI.

Kasich’s administration submitted a proposal to CMMI earlier this month for a new, integrated system to care for dual-eligibles. AARP said it was “pleased” with the proposal, which the state wants to implement in January. The CMMI is collecting public comments on Ohio's proposal.

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare also backed the Ohio proposal, noting Friday that it would expand access to healthcare services that are provided in seniors’ homes, rather than at a hospital or nursing home.

“We applaud Ohio’s leaders for advancing innovative pro-senior healthcare delivery reforms,” Eric Berger, the group’s chief executive, said in a statement. “Enabling seniors to remain at home allows for better chronic condition management, improved outcomes and lower costs. This plan is right for Ohio patients and Ohio taxpayers.”