The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a nonprofit health policy resource center dedicated to improving health care access and quality. We work with state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and consumer groups to develop innovative programs that better serve low-income Americans, especially those with complex and high-cost health care needs.
Enhancing access to coverage and services. Under health reform, Medicaid is poised to become the nation's largest health care purchaser. CHCS is helping states understand the care needs of the expansion population and streamline linkages between Medicaid and the insurance marketplaces.
Improving quality and reducing racial and ethnic disparities. Medicaid currently serves over 65 million individuals and in 2014 will cover up to one quarter of all Americans. CHCS is working to improve health care quality for Medicaid beneficiaries through innovative care delivery and payment reforms that better align incentives at the provider and systems levels. .
Integrating care for people with complex needs. Children and adults with complex needs account for a substantial portion of Medicaid spending. CHCS is advancing practical, cost-effective solutions to integrate care for beneficiaries with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
Building Medicaid leadership and capacity. Medicaid plays a critical role in the nation's health system. CHCS is building the leadership capacity of state leaders to effectively manage and pursue innovations that can help improve the nation's health care system.
Since 1995, CHCS has partnered with federal and state Medicaid policymakers and stakeholders at the ground level to develop better models of organizing, financing, and delivering health care services, especially for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. We provide training and technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of states and health plans, and establish local, state, and national partnerships to reduce disparities and drive system-level improvements in care. Our work informs national health policy deliberations and helps translate policy into action in states across the country.