Today, the Department of Health Care Service (DHCS) is announcing a change to its Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) enrollment timeline and strategy in order to continue to move forward to provide high quality, coordinated care to beneficiaries eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal.
Throughout this process, we’ve said that counties would move forward as they were ready and as beneficiaries’ protection were in place. DHCS has adjusted the enrollment dates for subpopulations in order to increase consumer clarity, prevent the need for multiple transitions in a single year, ensure sufficient time for noticing of fee-for-service (FFS) populations, and ensuring plan readiness. Today, we are making the following updates for the Coordinated Care Initiative:
- Aligning Cal MediConnect and Managed Medi-Cal Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Enrollment: Moving forward, beneficiaries who are in Medi-Cal FFS will not transition to MLTSS ahead of their Cal MediConnect passive enrollment date. This will reduce the number of plan choices a beneficiary will need to make, and reduce confusion.
- MLTSS Transition for FFS Population to Start in August: To ensure that the MLTSS 90 day notices have had appropriate quality reviews, DHCS will not start MLTSS enrollment for Medi-Cal FFS populations (non-duals or duals excluded from Cal MediConnect) until August 2014. The previous enrollment schedule was to have the population begin in July.
- Changes in timeline in Alameda and Orange Counties: Enrollment in Alameda and Orange Counties is being adjusted until no sooner than January 2015 to allow more time to achieve plan readiness.
These changes reflect our commitment to continuing forward with the CCI in a way that best serves beneficiaries.
In an effort to keep interested parties informed and apprised of the latest developments of the Coordinated Care Initiative, DHCS will conduct a stakeholder call to discuss these updates and answer questions. This call will be held on Wednesday, April 2 from 11am-12pm. Please register here to participate on this call.