Emerging Practices in Medicaid Primary Care Case Management Programs

06/01/2001

Primary care case management (PCCM) is a system of managed care used by state Medicaid agencies in which a primary care provider is responsible for approving and monitoring the care of enrolled Medicaid beneficiaries, typically for a small monthly case management fee in addition to fee-for-service reimbursement for treatment. States began enrolling beneficiaries in their PCCM programs by the mid-1980s to increase access and reduce inappropriate emergency room and other high cost care. As PCCM programs have matured, state goals have changed from simply expanding access to better management of the quality of care provided.

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