Illinois will be delaying the launch of its Medicaid managed care programs by at least two months. This was announced by the CMO of the state’s largest health system.
Speaking at a health care event hosted by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Advocate Health Care’s Dr. Lee Sacks said, that Illinois is behind schedule on the July 1st launch of its Accountable Care Entity program for its Medicaid Patients.
As per law the state is required to transfer half its 3 million Medicaid patients into managed care by January 1st. Officials have however expressed the hope that they will be able to achieve this target nonetheless. The delay will not have any effect on the patients and they will be able to access care in the same way as before.
The transfer process is a part of a huge overhaul to fix a program which many acknowledge as flawed. Hundreds of thousands of the state’s Medicaid recipients will be shifted into managed care. The delay will affect only accountable care entities, one of various managed care models in Illinois’ program. ACES or the Accountable Care Entities are run and supported by health care providers like doctors’ groups and hospital systems like Advocate.
More than150, 000 Medicaid recipients will be supported by the Advocate’s managed care program but it will not be happening until at least Sept. 1, at the earliest
Advocate’s managed care program, which could cover more than 150,000 Medicaid recipients, is not going to happen until at least September 1st, at the earliest.
Sacks said, “The state is understandably delayed in launching the ACE program. This is a complex rollout involving hundreds of thousands of Medicaid beneficiaries, and we fully expect they will meet the January legislative deadline.”