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State of the D-SNP Market

Within Medicare Advantage (MA), there are Special Needs Plans (SNP) with specialty cohorts that provide coverage for members who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. The membership for these Dually Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNP) include some of the most vulnerable populations in the United States who have medically complex needs and social risk factors. As a result, this beneficiary group has a higher spend profile due to their end-to-end care management requirements and population health strategies necessary to meet their complicated healthcare needs.

When D-SNPs were introduced in 2006, they were available in just seven states. In 2022, D-SNPs are offered in 43 states and Washington D.C. This year, two new states have joined those offering D-SNPs – Wyoming and South Dakota. As of 2021, the SNP Alliance reported 627 Dual-Eligible SNPs serving 3,133,448 beneficiaries. The growth trajectory for Medicare Advantage will continue more than ever before at any point in history. Combine this with increasing Medicaid enrollment and eligibility growth, and enrollment in dual eligible specialty plans will continue to surge.

While the D-SNP market grows, health plans need a way to help members navigate their complex population health needs. GuidingCare® supports care management and population health services with a 360-degree view of the member that incorporates social determinants of health data. Recent data from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) show that for the D-SNP eligible population:

  • 41% have at least one mental health diagnosis
  • 49% receive long-term care services and supports (LTSS)
  • 60% have multiple chronic conditions

Health plans with Dual-Eligible members must stay compliant with changing regulations while serving this population with complex health needs. GuidingCare provides 280 evidence-based clinical and health status assessments available out-of-the-box or customizable. One in five Medicaid members are managed through GuidingCare, 29 states employ GuidingCare to help manage D-SNP populations, and 14 states use GuidingCare for LTSS.

This solution automatically delivers up-to-date Medicare and Medicaid policies and fee schedules, resulting in lower administrative costs, increased operational efficiency, and improved compliance. Not only does care management lower costs and improve health outcomes, but those plans that execute it well set themselves apart from the competition with improved Star ratings.

Learn more about GuidingCare for Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNP) here.