Arizona’s Medicaid program, AHCCCS, has awarded new contracts for integrated medical and behavioral health care, which will impact nearly 1.5 of AHCCCS’s 1.9 million members across the state. The new AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC) contracts will begin on October 1, 2018 and AHCCCS estimates that nearly 300,000 AHCCCS members will be required to transition to a new health plan (also called a managed care organization or MCO) because their current plan will no longer be available in their area. ACC MCOs integrate both medical and behavioral health care in to one payer.
The video below dives deeper into what members need to know when they move to an AHCCCS Complete Care integrated health care plan. You can watch by clicking here or on the picture below.
We also ran a recent blog on Arizona hospital uncompensated care trends before and after Medicaid expansion. The excerpt below is from that blog.
Results for June 2018 show a marked increase in overall operating income year to date. At the same time, the uncompensated care is continuing to run well below the levels encountered when the enrollment was frozen. The graph below illustrates that uncompensated care rose when the number of childless adults covered by the AHCCCS program declined, and then decreased when coverage was restored and expanded to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.
In addition, the childless adult population financed through the provider assessment has declined for seven of the last nine months, as illustrated below. It has increased the last two months, something we should monitor, as this directly affects the provider assessment.
To read the full report click here: https://www.azhha.org/financialreports
Once you’ve had a chance to look this over, we’d love to hear what you think. Driving meaningful conversations around the health issues affecting the people of our state is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!