Thomas McAuliffe, a policy analyst at the Missouri Foundation for Health, said there are some pros and cons associated with Medicaid ACOs and Missouri.
would give Medicaid patients a place to go that they can get a kind of full, wraparound care," McAuliffe
"They get it in a very cost-effective manner."
said a problem with the Medicaid population is that they don't know how to access health care, and they don't have the same access opportunities as those with private insurance or Medicare
"It (a Medicaid ACO) is like a Federally Qualified Health Center for the Medicaid population," McAuliffe
"They would have a place to go to get a medical home, which does a better job, a cheaper job, of managing chronic conditions and helping people not acquire chronic conditions.
It does it in a more cost-effective manner, saving money to the state and the federal government."
has two concerns regarding Medicaid ACOs
"It limits how many people are really going to have access to this," McAuliffe
added that maybe the discussion needs to be based on how to improve the number of people receiving care through Medicaid
and not just based on the quality of that care.
"We could designate some Medicaid ACOs
, and it would be awesome," he