CMS Approves Ohio's Integrated Care Delivery System
Launches in 29 Ohio Counties on 9/01/2013
Governor John R. Kasich's Administration today announced that Ohio has reached agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on a new initiative to better coordinate care for individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Ohio is just the third state - after Massachusetts and Washington - to finalize such an agreement with CMS and only the second to use a managed care approach.
"This agreement puts Ohio at the cutting edge of care coordination in the country," said Gov. Kasich. "Better care coordination across the state means healthier Ohioans, and it will also help in driving down costs in the long run."
The Office of Medical Assistance (Ohio Medicaid), under the leadership of Director John McCarthy, has worked with federal officials to create an Integrated Care Delivery System (ICDS) to comprehensively manage the full continuum of benefits for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. Long term services and supports, behavioral-health services and physical-health services are at the center of the finalized pact.