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Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

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Quick Facts About Louisiana's Health#01
According to MedPAC, fee-for-service payments discourage coordination among providers. Coordinated Care Networks will require better coordination of health care services.

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Despite spending nearly $7 billion of taxpayer funds every year, Louisiana’s current Medicaid system does little to actually improve the health of our poorest citizens.

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Louisiana has the highest rate of death from breast cancer in the nation, yet, only 40% of eligible Medicaid women are screened. Coordinated Care Networks are designed to increase screenings for chronic diseases like breast cancer.

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Only 56 percent of eligible Medicaid women receive the recommended cervical cancer screening. Better coordination of care can increase that percentage.

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Less than 5 percent of adults in the Medicaid program had a preventive visit last year. Better coordination of care can increase that percentage.

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In 2008, only 66 percent of Medicaid-covered diabetics tested their blood sugar level (Hemoglobin A1c) to help manage their disease. Better coordination of care can increase that percentage.

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Louisiana has the highest diabetes related death rate in the nation. Better coordination of care can decrease this rate.

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Only 35 percent of eligible children received an adolescent well-care visit last year. Better coordination of care may increase that percentage.

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Only 52 percent of eligible infants 0-15 months received the recommended six or more doctor visits last year. Coordinating care can increase that percentage.

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Forty-four percent of children with asthma in Medicaid visited the ER last year. Better coordinating care may improve management of chronic diseases and decrease unneeded use of the ER.

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CCNs, on average, can save a state between 2 percent and 19 percent of total cost, according to a Lewin Group analysis.

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Medicaid health plans can improve Medicaid recipients’ access to services, earn high satisfaction ratings from enrollees and contain costs, according to a Lewin Group analysis.

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Nationwide, the majority of children enrolled in children’s health insurance programs like Louisiana’s LaCHIP receive their benefits through prepaid programs.

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Forty-eight (48) states already have more than half of their Medicaid recipients enrolled in a Medicaid health plan.

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In 2008, there were 3,833 hospital admissions in Medicaid due to bacterial pneumonia infection, which is highly preventable. Better coordination of care and a focus on primary and preventive care can decrease this rate.

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Heart disease is a primary cause of death in Louisiana, accounting for 25 percent (11,008) of all deaths in Louisiana. Better coordinating care provides chronic disease management that may decrease heart disease-related deaths.

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As of 2005, 31 percent of the deaths in Louisiana were due to cardiovascular disease. Better coordinating care provides chronic disease management that may decrease cardiovascular disease-related deaths.

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Louisiana’s obesity rates have skyrocketed, posting a 150 percent increase, since 1990. Better coordinating care may lead to better management of chronic conditions like obesity.

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The CDC reports that, more than 75% of the nation’s $2 trillion in annual medical care costs is spent on chronic conditions or diseases. Better coordinating care leads to better management of chronic conditions.

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Disease management programs have reduced per member per month costs by as much as $700 in some states.

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Average cost of an ER visit: $1,000, much greater than the cost of a visit to a primary care provider for the same symptoms. Louisiana ranks third in the nation in per capita ER use. Better coordinating care can decrease unnecessary ER use.

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Average cost of an ER visit - $1,000. In 2008, Louisiana ERs saw 511 visits per 1,000 in population, well above the national average of 401. Better coordinating care can decrease unnecessary ER use.

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According to a recent report from the Commonwealth Fund, Louisiana leads the nation in avoidable hospital stays and costs. Coordinated Care Networks can significantly reduce avoidable hospitalizations.

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According to CMS, 10.7 percent of Medicaid money—$32.7 billion—is spent improperly. Coordinated Care Networks can help to reduce fraud by holding plans and providers accountable.

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The United Health Foundation ranks Louisiana 50th in its state-by-state ranking of overall health. Coordinating care may lead to better health outcomes and improve our state’s rankings.

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The 2006 Kids Count Data Book ranks Louisiana 49th in overall child well being. Coordinating care may lead to better health outcomes and improve our state’s rankings.

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The Commonwealth Fund ranks Louisiana 46th in its state-by-state rankings on overall health. Coordinating care may lead to better health outcomes and improve our state’s rankings.

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Louisiana has the highest infant mortality rate in the nation. Coordinating care may lead to better health outcomes and decrease negative health outcomes like infant mortality.

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Louisiana has the third highest cancer deaths in the nation. Coordinating care may lead to better management of chronic diseases like cancer and decrease cancer deaths.