IlliniCare Health Plan, Addus Examine Home Care's Role in Managed Long Term Care

 IlliniCare Health Plan, Addus Examine Home Care's Role in Managed Long Term

Health Plan and Provider Begin Study Using Mobile Technology for Real-Time
Health Monitoring

PR Newswire

PALATINE, Ill., Jan. 13, 2014

PALATINE, Ill., Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the nation's first
studies examining the effect real-time tracking of health status can have on
health outcomes has begun within the context of Illinois' Integrated Care
Program (ICP). IlliniCare Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene Corp. (NYSE:
CNC), and Addus HomeCare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS), a national provider of
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS), announced today they have initiated
a study to assess the impact of equipping home care workers with mobile
devices, enabling real-time reporting of change in consumer condition.

IlliniCare Health Plan is one of two managed care organizations (MCO) selected
to manage the coordination of comprehensive health care services, including
HCBS, for participants in ICP – Illinois' ongoing initiative to manage health
care for its Medicaid population. In the future the program will encompass a
much larger pool of individuals eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare
benefits – the "dual eligible."

As a provider of HCBS, Addus Home Care Aides (HCA) visit IlliniCare's ICP
participants' homes on a continual basis to assist with activities of daily
living such as meal preparation, personal care, and transportation to doctor
appointments. HCAs are uniquely positioned to be extensions of IlliniCare's
case management. By detecting and reporting changes in participants'
physical, mental, and environmental conditions, case management can intervene
before these changes develop into more complicated health issues. Beyond
general health observations, HCA's look for diagnosis-specific signs of
decline such as loss of appetite, fatigue, swollen feet or ankles, fever,
weight gain/loss, and lack of medication adherence.

"Connecting the home care aide with the rest of the health care team is
something that has historically been disregarded," says Addus CEO Mark
Heaney. "Enabling real-time data sharing through the use of mobile technology
makes the aide in the home the point person in successful management of
consumers along the health care continuum. We anticipate the pilot will show
our model leads to better patient outcomes and reduced healthcare costs among
those needing long-term care."

Information entered on mobile devices by Addus HCAs is reported immediately to
the company's centralized contact center. From there, supervisors review,
triage, and share the information with IlliniCare case management for faster
intervention upon the identification of a health complication.

"HCBS's ability to avert nursing home placement is almost undeniable; however,
this pilot seeks to demonstrate the effect these services, coupled with
innovative new technology and processes, have on the utilization of high-cost
resources like emergency room visits and hospitalizations," says Ann Cahill,
VP of Medical Management at IlliniCare.

Addus and IlliniCare expect to publish findings of the study, which involves
approximately 150 ICP participants, sometime in 2014.

Illinois' Department of Healthcare and Family Services created ICP to reduce
unnecessary healthcare utilization and costs among the elderly and adults with
disabilities eligible for Medicaid by coordinating comprehensive services
across the entire continuum of care. The program has an enrollment of 36,079
individuals and operates in suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, Lake and
Will counties. In January 2014, approximately 136,000 dual eligibles living in
the greater Chicago area and portions of Central Illinois will be enrolled in
managed care.

IlliniCare Health Plan (IlliniCare) is a Managed Care Organization (MCO)
contracted to provide services under Illinois Department of Healthcare and
Family Services Integrated Care Program and the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment
Initiative (MMAI). IlliniCare is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene
Corporation (NYSE: CNC), a leading multi-line healthcare enterprise offering
both core Medicaid and specialty services. Since May 1^st, 2011, IlliniCare
has served approximately 17,900 members as part of the Illinois Department of
Healthcare and Family Services Integrated Care Program (ICP) in suburban Cook
(outside the 606 zip code), DuPage, Lake, Kane, Kankakee and Will Counties. In
April of this year, IlliniCare expanded the Integrated Care Program to serve
Boone, McHenry and Winnebago Counties. IlliniCare was also recently selected
by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services as one of the six Managed
Care Organizations to participate in the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment
Initiative (MMAI) within the greater Chicagoland area. Information regarding
IlliniCare is available at

Addus HomeCare is a comprehensive provider of home and community based
services which are primarily social in nature and are provided in the home,
focused on the dual eligible population. Addus' services include personal
care and assistance with activities of daily living, and adult day services.
Addus' consumers are individuals who are at risk of hospitalization or
institutionalization, such as the elderly, chronically ill and disabled.
Addus' payor clients include federal, state and local governmental agencies,
commercial insurers and private individuals. For more information, please

For More Information:
Darby Anderson, Senior Vice President
(847) 303-5300

SOURCE Addus HomeCare Corporation

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