Capitated Medicaid and the Process of Care of Elderly Hypertensives and Diabetics: Results From a Randomized Trial

Ellen Coffey, Ira S Moscovice, Michael Finch, Jon B Christianson, Nicole Lurie

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Abstract

purpose: To measure the quality of care for hypertensive and diabetic elderly Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in managed care versus fee-for-service (FFS) plans. methods: Individuals enrolled in the Medicaid Demonstration Project in Hennepin County, Minnesota, were randomly assigned to receive their care either in one of seven managed care health plans in which the Medicaid payment for their care was capitated or in an FFS plan. Two hundred ninety-one hypertensives and 96 diabetics who were aged 65 years or over at the beginning of the evaluation were interviewed at baseline and followed for 1 year. Drug and nondrug therapy, monitoring, monthly medication costs, and access to medications were assessed. results: The prepaid and FFS did not differ in drug or nondrug therapy, with the exception that slightly more FFS enrollees were on human insulin after 1 year. Mean monthly medication costs and access to medications were similar for both groups. conclusions: In this randomized trial, we were unable to detect differences in the process of care for hypertensive and diabetic Medicaid enrollees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-536
Number of pages6
JournalThe American Journal of Medicine
Volume98
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1995

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