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Washington gets long-awaited federal OK to co-manage poor, elderly patients

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Oct. 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
October 25, 2012 12:25 pm

Here’s the early AP report:

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state has received federal approval for a program designed to improve health care coordination for people eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare.

Gov. Chris Gregoire announced the opportunity Thursday, saying the program is projected to save nearly $14 million over five years. Gregoire has been working on improved federal-state health care coordination for years, noting that bureaucracy between the disconnected programs usually means unnecessary health care expenses and hospital visits.

Under the HealthPathWashington program, the state will be a voluntary program for high-risk, high-need people to get more integrated services. The state is initially targeting 30,000 people who are the highest risk for health issues.

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