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SCDuE Weekly Update | July 24, 2013

INTEGRATED CARE WORK GROUP | TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013
The next Integrated Care Work Group meeting is Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 9am at the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide stakeholders with an update on key operational issues related to the Demonstration including the State’s enrollment strategy and the health plan selection process.
 

CENTER FOR HEALTH CARE STRATEGIES TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OPPORTUNITY
The SCDuE team has been selected to participate in the Center for Health Care Strategies’ (CHCS) new initiative, Improving New Systems of Integration for Dual Eligibles (INSIDE). CHCS will provide a broad range of assistance with program design and implementation for up to 18 states that are developing programs to integrate Medicare and Medicaid services for dually eligible beneficiaries. Through the fall of 2014, CHCS will provide technical assistance and a platform for sharing resources among participating states and between the states and federal officials. CHCS will use a series of in-person meetings, topic-specific conference calls, webinars, and ad hoc technical assistance to accomplish this objective. Travel will be supported to three in-person meetings, with the first of which is planned for September 25-27, 2013.
 

ADVOCACY LETTER TO MELANIE BELLA | JUNE 2013
Advocates from thirty-five national and state organizations composed a letter to Melanie Bella, Director of the Medicare-Medicaid Coordinator Office, listing outstanding concerns following a July 2012 letter on consumer protections recommendations. The letter outlines elements that the advocacy groups regard as missing from the approved Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) thus far. Areas of recommendations addressed in the letter include the Demonstration ombuds program, quality measures, and passive enrollment.  | Link
 

ELDERCARE WORKFORCE ALLIANCE SUBMITS LETTER TO GOVERNOR HALEY ON CARING FOR DUAL ELIGIBLE SENIORS
On May 3, 2013, the Eldercare Workforce Alliance issued a letter to ten governors, including Governor Haley, urging the states to provide education and training guidance to health plans on how to ensure providers have the adequate knowledge and skills to meet the unique needs for elderly dual population. | Link
 

SCDUE WELCOMES NEW TEAM MEMBER
Andre Walker, PhD, MPH is a Senior Consultant for Managed Care at the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS). He holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) in health promotion, education, and behavior and Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in health services, policy and management from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining SCDHHS, his professional history includes work in behavioral health administration, data consulting for a Philadelphia based communication, research and marketing firm, national project management of longitudinal behavioral research studies and clinical trials research in HIV and Adolescent Health with (Brown University, Emory University, Wayne State University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, Syracuse University, and The University of South Carolina). Andre has worked in the field of public health administration since 1995. Andre has also served 8 years as a United States Naval Reservist, where he was awarded the national defense service medal for his honorable service as Hospital Corpsman in 1991 Operation Desert Shield. In 2011, Andre completed his dissertation research which examined utilization, cost patterns and characteristics of dental visits in hospital based emergency departments. Andre’s research emphasis includes: health disparities/health equity, oral health, minority health, health policy, access to care in rural and underserved populations. Andre’s academic training and professional experiences in life have laid the foundation for his research in health disparities.
 
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Medicare-Medicaid FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) | PDF
Contact CMS for any questions or concerns regarding the meetings, guidance, or the MMP application. Emails can be directed to MMCOcapsmodel@cms.hhs.gov
Contact the SCDuE Team for more information, questions, and/or comments related to the SCDuE Demonstration by email at scdue@scdhhs.gov.
For additional assistance, please contact the SCDuE Program Manager, Teeshla Curtis by email at curtist@scdhhs.govor by telephone at (803) 898-0070.
Visit the SCDuE Website at https://msp.scdhhs.gov/scdue/
Visit the CMS-MMCO Website at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare-Medicaid-Coordination/Medicare-and-Medicaid-Coordination/Medicare-Medicaid-Coordination-Office/index.html

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