AARP Study on Effective Care Coordination for Medicaid Patients Features CCAI Model Community Care Alliance of Illinois

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The Community Care Alliance of Illinois (CCAI) model was featured in an AARP Public Policy Institute study released July 2015. The report discusses the characteristics of care models among people receiving Medicaid long-term services and supports.

The Community Care Alliance of Illinois (CCAI) model was featured in an AARP Public Policy Institute study released July 2015. The report discusses the characteristics of care models among people receiving Medicaid long-term services and supports.

The study specifically highlighted the integrated care model – Anchor Home – of CCAI, which encompasses the whole Member life:

  • Medical (general health assessment)
  • Functional (e.g. mobility, activities of daily living, memory, problem solving)
  • Environmental (housing, community, transportation)
  • Financial (basic and medical needs)
  • Social Support (friends, family, social groups)
  • Psychological (stress management, mental illness) health, social and well-being

While the study does not make any specific model recommendations, it does say a care coordinator is critical to patients’ long-term health, wellbeing and independence. The study data was first collected summer of 2014 and CCAI is working with AARP to update the data.

CCAI employs disability-competent, interdisciplinary-care teams to manage each Member’s care, including a primary-care physician and nurse practitioner, a registered nurse care coordinator available 24/7, a long-term services and supports coordinator, medical specialists and rehabilitation services. CCAI also engages Peer Navigators, people with disabilities themselves who understand the challenges faced by their peers and can offer solutions that help achieve greater independence and quality of life.

The AARP report features in-depth case studies of care coordination models in recently implemented Medicaid managed long-term care and supports programs in Illinois and Ohio. The Anchor Home Model, six of which are in the Chicago area and two in the Rockford area, was specifically highlighted.

“CCAI is focused exclusively on serving people with disabilities and older people, as reflected in its mission: The Community Care Alliance of Illinois is a health plan dedicated to consumer-directed, community-based innovative health services specializing in the care of seniors and people with disabilities,” the study described.

CCAI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the not-for-profit Family Health Network (FHN), a provider-sponsored HMO that has been serving the Illinois Medicaid population for 20 years. The health plan was formed by a group of concerned parties committed to improving the way health care is managed and provided to people with disabilities, including Access Living, an Independent Living Center for people with disabilities, Mt. Sinai Hospital and Schwab Rehabilitation Center, the Health and Policy Research Group, and FHN.

For more information on the CCAI innovative Model of Care and services, please visit http://www.ccaillinois.com. Follow CCAI on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCAIllinois to learn more and hear what Members have to say about their experiences with CCAI.

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