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What Can Be Done to Ensure Access to Care for Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries?

An author of a study in the May 2021 issue of The American Journal of Managed Care® describes how the COVID-19 pandemic, the aging of America, and already-existing workforce shortages will further threaten the dual-eligible population unless policy makers reform scope-of-practice laws.

Triple forces are combining to create a crisis for the nation’s dual-eligible beneficiaries—that is, individuals who are covered under both Medicare and Medicaid. They tend to have multiple, chronic, costly medical conditions and have very low incomes.

In the May issue of The American Journal of Managed Care®, Wendy Y. Xu, PhD; Sheldon M. Retchin, MD, MSPH; and Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, published a study showing how states with the most restrictive scope-of-practice laws have an inadequate supply of primary care clinicians to serve areas with a high concentration of these vulnerable beneficiaries.

In this episode of Managed Care Cast, Xu describes how the COVID-19 pandemic, the aging of America, and already-existing workforce shortages will further threaten this population unless policy makers reform scope-of-practice laws.

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