Providing reliable non-emergency transportation to high utilizing, special needs members.
A high attentive care management approach coordinating transportation.
High quality transportation services that balance innovation and cost efficiency.
In an effort to streamline the delivery of long-term services for chronically ill and disabled members, New York coordinates care for these populations through its managed long term care (MLTC) program. New York strives to help these members stay healthy in their homes and communities instead of confined to a hospital or nursing home.
From 2004 to 2013, New York saw enrollment in its MLTC program increase by more than 500%; in 2013, total MLTC enrollment was over 120,000 in 54 counties. As a high risk population, members of the MLTC program often have a wide array of special needs and chronic health issues such as hypertension and cardiac problems, visual impairments, osteoarthritis, and diabetes. Additionally, roughly 50% of members have some degree of cognitive impairment.
Because of these health issues, MLTC members require a significant degree of help with their daily activities—including reliable transportation to their preventative healthcare appointments. Two of New York’s managed care plans that provide MLTC services contract with MTM for non-emergency transportation.
Specific transportation challenges faced by these MLTC clients include:
Through MTM’s hands-on model for transporting special needs members, our two New York MLTC transportation contracts have experienced great success. Our clients are especially pleased with MTM’s care management model that mirrors their own operations. MTM understands that due to the multiple chronic medical conditions experienced by many MLTC members, they require a high level of attention. Our Care Management department coordinates high touch care for members, interacting with their Case Managers and clinical teams when necessary to ensure their special needs are accommodated.
MTM’s approach to our health plans’ challenges is an ideal model for coordinating MLTC transportation while balancing cost, innovation, and quality. Additionally, our understanding of MLTC person-centered care plans ensures we have the knowledge necessary to coordinate services with each member’s Case Manager.
Since implementing these plans in 2013, MTM has experienced the following trends:
|Plan 1||Plan 2|
|Contract Start Date||2,600||6,000|
|Average Monthly Membership||2,600||6,000|
|Average Trip Legs per Month||15,800||18,000|
|Average Calls per Month||2,500||5,300|
With MTM, MLTC members in New York receive high quality, timely, and reliable access to the medical services and care they need to support chronic conditions. With a dedicated transportation manager, our MLTC health plan clients eliminate the gap in transportation availability and remove community barriers.