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Managed Care Models Improve Outcomes for Beneficiaries Who Are Partially Dual Eligible

March 2023
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Managed care has positive effects on health care utilization for people who are eligible for Medicaid assistance in paying for certain Medicare costs (known as “partial dual eligibles”). These effects include higher rates of primary care visits and lower rates of inpatient hospitalizations, readmissions, and skilled nursing facility stays, as compared to Traditional Medicare (TM).

Beneficiaries who are partially dual eligible often experience complex social and medical needs. They could benefit from managed care or a tailored health plan, such as Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs). 

This analysis compared outcomes for partial dual eligible individuals enrolled in managed care plans, specifically Medicare Advantage plans and D-SNPs, and those enrolled in TM. The Elevance Health Public Policy Institute engaged Health Management Associates and Berkeley Research Group to examine Medicare data for beneficiaries who are partially dual eligible. They conducted analyses of Medicare fee-for-service claims data and MA encounter data.


  • Partial Dual Eligibility  
  • Medicare Advantage & D-SNPs 
  • Methodology
  • Utilization Rates 
  • Transition to Full Dual Status
  • Discussion & Policy Implications 

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