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Washington State Institute for Public Policy
June 2003
The ability to identify Medicaid recipients who will have high health care expenses in the future is important for targeting cost containment efforts such as coordination of medical care, patient education, and other “case management” techniques.  This report examines two approaches to identifying future high-cost clients among Medicaid recipients with severe disabilities.  The results indicate that over 60 percent of next year’s high-cost clients can be accurately identified from current year data.
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