State Reveals ICOs in Dual Eligible Care Demonstration

More than a month passed their anticipated announcement date of September 21st, the state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) named the Integrated Care Organizations, or ICO’s, that will be managing and directing both payment and care for the demonstration to integrate services for dual eligibles.

The six organizations are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts HMO Blue Inc. (BCBSMA), Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP), Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA), Fallon Total Care, LLC (FTC), Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP), Network Health, LLC. Only Network Health was picked to serve every county in the state and will be the only ICO in Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

Aside from Network Health, all other ICO’s are listed in as few as three counties and as many as eleven.

These organizations were selected for full (F) or partial (P) Massachusetts counties as follows:

Barnstable F F F F
Berkshire F F
Bristol F F F F
Dukes F
Essex F F F F F
Franklin F F F F
Hampden F F F F F
Hampshire F F F F F
Middlesex F F F F F F
Nantucket F
Norfolk F F F F F
Plymouth F F P F F
Suffolk F F F F F F
Worcester F F F F

These organizations will now be engaged in a “readiness review” over the next two months. As part of the review, EOHHS and CMS will require that the organizations demonstrate full readiness and meet operational requirements.  An ICO will not be able to accept enrollments without successfully completing the joint Readiness Review, negotiating and executing a three-way contract, and receiving any necessary state and federal approvals.

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