The National Voice for Special Needs and Medicare-Medicaid Plans

About Us

The SNP Alliance is a national leadership organization dedicated to improving total quality and cost performance through specialized managed care, and advancing integration of health care for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. As an invitation only leadership group, our membership includes representation from many of the nation's leading health plan organizations.  SNP Alliance members serve over 50 percent of Special Needs Plans (SNPs) enrollees with representation from all SNP types, including those serving: (1) beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits (D-SNPs); (2) those diagnosed with a severe or disabling chronic condition (C-SNPs); and (3) those living in or eligible for nursing home care (I-SNPs). About three-quarters of the Alliance’s members operate fully-integrated, dual-eligible SNPs (FIDESNPs) or plans in the CMS Financial Alignment demonstration (MMPs).

Our Vision:

  • SNPs will become the vehicle of choice for serving frail, disabled, and other Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with complex care needs.
  • Clinical interventions will be designed to serve the whole person and recognize the volatile, co-morbid, interdependence and ongoing nature of complex chronic conditions as a persons care needs evolve over time and across care settings.
  • Medicare and Medicaid payment and oversight will recognize the dynamic, multidimensional, collaborative and continuous nature of care for frail elders, adults with disabilities and other persons with severe or disabling chronic conditions.
  • SNPs will demonstrate better total cost and quality performance in serving high-risk groups than for other mainstream managed care and fee-for-service options.

We Believe:

  • Fee-for-service financing and policy impedes the ability of plans and providers to effectively address the multidimensional, ongoing and interrelated care needs of frail elders, adults with disabilities and other persons with complex chronic conditions.
  • Pre-paid, integrated, specialized care is the preferred approach to serving high-risk beneficiaries with the potential for better quality, cost and satisfaction performance.
  • The SNP provisions in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 provide a platform to develop new and improved methods of care management and delivery.
  • Further changes in policy, financing and practice are needed to improve total quality and cost outcomes and ensure for the long-term viability of Special Needs Plans.

Changing Policy and Practices to Help

The SNP Alliance seeks to help government and plans improve policy and practice in care of high-risk beneficiaries including the dually eligible, frail elders, adults with disabilities and others with serious chronic conditions.

SNP Alliance services include:

  • Strategic visioning and leadership
  • Legislative and regulatory analysis and updates
  • Public policy development and advocacy
  • Issues briefs and case studies
  • Annual member survey
  • National meetings and conferences
  • Best practice collaboratives
  • Coalition building

Managing the SNP Alliance

In 2004, the SNP Alliance was founded and managed as a planned change initiative of the National Health Policy Group. In January 2017, the SNP Alliance was established as a national, membership nonprofit organization with corporate offices in Washington DC.

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