HEALTH DEPARTMENT: EXPAND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PERSONAL CARE TO OTHER JURISDICTIONS

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT: EXPAND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PERSONAL CARE TO OTHER JURISDICTIONS

 

Problem Identification:
The Department has underutilized system capacity to manage Medical Assistance Personal Care programs.

Recommended Action:
Market the Department’s Medical Assistance Personal Care services to other jurisdictions.

Classification:
Revenue Enhancement, Service Improvement

Functional/Operational Area:
Adult Geriatric Health Services

Estimated Annual Impact:
$120,000

Estimated Implementation Cost:
None

Barriers to Implementation:
None

Projected Implementation:
Ongoing

Next Steps:
Pursue discussions with State program officials; negotiate with officials in other jurisdictions.

Analysis:
The Department currently serves approximately 1,500 Medical Assistance Personal Care program clients. Its efficient management of this client population generates an annual surplus of about $600,000. Other Maryland jurisdictions are responsible for serving similar client populations, but might not possess the infrastructure necessary to successfully manage the delivery of services.

The Department already is the contract provider for Montgomery County. Additionally, Prince George’s County has 200 clients in their program, but demographics show a projected service need for 1,500 clients. This is a population of clients that the Department could service as the necessary operational infrastructure already exists Department and the cost of any additional staffing needs could be passed along to the other jurisdictions that would contract for service. Given the current surplus generated via the Department’s management of its existing caseload of 1,500, were it able to increase its caseload by 20 percent by marketing its services to surrounding counties such as Prince George’s County, the surplus generated could increase by $120,000.