Report Shows New York's Managed Long-Term Care Plans Continue to Demonstrate High-Quality Performance
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 10, 2014) – A new report issued by the New York State Department of Health shows that Managed Long-Term Care plans (MLTCs) are continuing to provide high-quality services to consumers in the areas of effectiveness of care and stability or improvement in managing activities of daily living.
By providing integrated long-term care services such as home care and adult day care, MLTC plans enable individuals who are chronically ill or have disabilities to stay in their homes and communities as long as possible. The MLTC plan arranges and pays for an array of long-term care health and social services, including nursing home services when the enrollee is no longer able to stay in his/her home.
Among the findings, the MLTC report shows that 88 percent of enrollees had no reported falls in the past six months; 81 percent of enrollees' ambulation was stable or improved over a six- or twelve-month follow-up period; and 77 percent of enrollees were stable or showed improvement in the ability to manage their oral medication over the follow-up period.
"These results show that managed long-term care provides excellent services while making our Medicaid system sustainable," said Jason Helgerson, New York State Medicaid Director.
Beginning last April in New York City and continually expanding around the State, adults eligible for Medicaid and Medicare who require more than 120 days per year of community based, long-term services such as personal care and home health care are required to enroll in an MLTC. The high level of quality satisfaction with the MLTC program and plans will ensure continued or improved satisfaction for this vulnerable population following their transition to this popular and effective program.
The MLTC report and additional information about the MLTC program are available at: http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/managed_care/mltc/reports.htm