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Duals Demonstration date changes

The below e-mail is from EOHHS Senior Policy Manager Catherine Harrison. It contains several changes to the timeline for the Duals Demonstration. Please let Bill Yelenak know if you have any questions. Thank you.


Dear Duals Stakeholders:

I’m writing to share with you a revised timeline for the Duals Demonstration.  After careful consideration, MassHealth and CMS have agreed to certain changes in key dates.  This is to ensure that there is sufficient time for all critical implementation milestones to be achieved before any member is enrolled into an ICO, including robust public awareness and targeted outreach efforts so that individuals have a meaningful opportunity to learn about the Demonstration and select an ICO prior to the auto-assignment process.

For implementation to be successful, all Demonstration stakeholders need certainty around the timeline.  MassHealth is committed to working with all stakeholders to accomplish the implementation steps needed to support a date of July 1, 2013 for the first self-selected enrollments to become effective. 

Key dates in the revised timeline include:

ICO Selection Announcement      November 2, 2012
Readiness Review                         Nov. 2012 – March/April 2013
3-Way Contracts                              March/April 2013
Learning Collaboratives                March 2013 – Ongoing
Implementation Activities
       Stakeholder Workgroups: Quality, Notices, Outreach, Admin. Simplification 
                                                            Dec. 2012 – Ongoing
       Implementation Council          Feb. 2012 – Ongoing
       Ombudsperson                        May 2013 – Ongoing

Public Awareness Campaign       April 2013 - Ongoing
Member Outreach Activities
(Members can begin to select ICOs for effective date July 1, 2013) 
                                                            May 2013 – Ongoing

Self-Selected Enrollments Begin  July 1, 2013
Auto-assignments Effective
(Members notified at least 60 days prior to the effective date) 
                                                             Oct. 1, 2013; Jan. 1, 2014

The next Open Meeting for stakeholders will be as follows:

January 22, 2013
10 AM – 12 PM
State Transportation Building, Conference Rooms 1, 2 and 3
10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA

The purpose of this meeting is to continue discussion of key implementation topics for the Duals Demonstration.
We welcome attendance from all stakeholders and members of the public with interest in the Demonstration. Reasonable accommodations will be made for participants who need assistance. Please send your request for accommodations to Donna Kymalainen at

We look forward to continuing to work with all of you.