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Research Finds States Shifting Dual Eligibles from Medicaid to Medicare

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Research Finds States Shifting Dual Eligibles from Medicaid to Medicare

May 14, 2012

In its May 2012 issue, health policy journal Health Affairs published a study conducted by researchers at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice entitled, “State Spending on Dual Eligibles Under Age 65 Shows Variations, Evidence of Cost Shifting From Medicaid to Medicare.”

The study found that some states are favoring acute care hospitalizations funded by Medicare, over long-term care paid for by Medicaid. The study notes that this cost shifting can result in insufficient care given to patients, as well as other inefficiencies that can expose patients to unnecessary risk, and can drive up costs.

An abstract of the study may be found here.