Strategies to Reduce Costs and Improve Care for High-Utilizing Medicaid Patients: Reflections on Pioneering Programs

Thomas Bodenheimer
August 2018

This resource reviews 14 programs for people with complex needs that primarily benefit individuals insured through Medicaid.

  • The programs fall into various categories, such as the Emergency Department–Based Model, the Home-Based Model, and the Housing First Model.
  • Ten key factors emerged as themes for success, including a home visit component, a coaching philosophy, and an emphasis on medication adherence.  
  • The resource provides a close look at the cost and utilization data of five of the programs, including the Chicago Housing First program and the Atlantic City Special Care Center.
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Population Addressed
People with Multiple Chronic Conditions
People with Behavioral Health and Social Needs
Key Questions Answered
  • What are the different models of care management for “high-utilizing” Medicaid beneficiaries?
Level of Evidence
Expert Opinion
What does this mean?