As the cost of the health insurance skyrocketed in the recent years, which impacted the economy too, the federal government introduced the ICRC so as to synchronize and simplify the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
This has provided better access, coordination and the cost of care. The states and the federal governments spend about $120 billion in Medicaid alone and hence measures are required to control this.
The very need of the ICRC is to help the states to get adapted to the best practices of coordinating and optimizing the aid to high-need high-cost beneficiaries. This agency helps both the CMS and CHIP to devise new plans in the interests of the beneficiaries and at the same time to reduce the burden on the economy.
The key idea behind the program is to simplify things for the dual eligibles and also at the same time create schemes for medical, behavioral, long term and chronic issues so as to bring them in the same umbrella of cover instead of many agencies.
\As different states are at different levels of the integrated approach, the federal government tries to improve their quality by providing technical assistance, group learning programs among the neighboring states and also webinars on the best practices to make the integration much complete. This also helps in sorting out the hindrances if any in the process.
The types of assistance to the states include:
The state of Virginia took great efforts in improving the care to the states’ needy people. The letter of intent was submitted to the ICRC to offer the dual enrollees better integrated services of Medicare, Medicaid and supplementary services through a single program.
A lot of improvement is expected in the services along with making things easy for dual eligibles to avail everything from a same centre in the coming years.