It is important for program administrators, healthcare providers, and personal caregivers to take vested interest in proactive care towards Medicare and Medicaid members with chronic diseases. Keeping members healthy is beneficial for the entire care team, preventing health complications for members can reduce costly hospital visits for both the member and the program’s payors and providers.
At the beginning of a new year, Medicaid and Medicare payers and accountable care organizations (ACOs) strategize about how to get members to schedule and attend their preventive care appointments and annual health screenings. Due to employment commitments, lack of transportation, fear of contracting COVID-19, and even lack of education on the importance of annual screenings, many members need to be incentivized to schedule and attend annual screenings and preventive care check-ups.
Medicaid engagement is not always easy. Keeping Medicaid members engaged in healthy activities can be a difficult task. But healthy activities are important for preventing chronic illnesses and keeping rising health care costs at bay. Incentives have a positive influence on Medicaid and keep members on track to getting the health care screenings needed to keep them well. Check out the ways incentives had a positive effect on Medicaid programs such as smoking cessation, weight loss, and more in the Infographic below.
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