Medicaid expansion has gained traction since it became an option as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. As of January 2019, 36 states and Washington, D.C., have expanded Medicaid, receiving funding from the federal government to pay for the additional coverage.
With this increased state revenue comes increased interest from entrepreneurs to provide innovative solutions to help hospitals and health insurance plans manage this population. A strategy that involves the Emergency Department (ED) is critical to the success of any program.
Why? For one, Medicaid recipients use EDs more frequently.
EDLoop can be a partner to solve the problem of unnecessary ED visits and to maximize patient navigation after the ED. By placing information directly on a patient’s phone – from ridesharing services for appointments, to apps for adherence, to health literacy initiatives – EDLoop plays a critical role in wisely using new Medicaid dollars to improve health outcomes for this population.