CHCS - Center for Health Care Strategies

Improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of publicly financed health care

Medicaid Policy

Recognizing the dynamics of the Medicaid marketplace can help states design effective purchasing strategies.  CHCS resources can help states and health plans better understand potential leverage points for improving Medicaid quality and cost-effectiveness.


Toward 2014: Perspectives on Shaping Medicaid's Future

This report synthesizes conversations with Medicaid thought leaders across the nation to reflect on Medicaid's progress over the past two decades and consider implications for strengthening the program.

Highlights from the Fifth Annual NAMD Boot Camp

This one-day program brought together participants from 22 states to discuss opportunities and challenges facing new Medicaid directors and their senior staffs.

Eight Key Lessons for Managing Care in Medicaid in 2011 and Beyond

Lorie Martin, Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

This brief outlines eight lessons for effective managed care drawn from CHCS' experiences in working with states over the past 15 years. These lessons are particularly important for managing the care of the program's highest-cost subset of beneficiaries with chronic conditions and disabilities.

Covering Low-Income Childless Adults in Medicaid: Experiences from Selected States

Stephen A. Somers and Allison Hamblin, Center for Health Care Strategies; James M. Verdier and Vivian L.H. Byrd, Mathematica Policy Research

This policy brief examines the experiences of 10 states with existing programs for low-income childless adults to shed light on those newly eligible to enroll in Medicaid under health reform.

Payment Reform: Creating a Sustainable Future for Medicaid

Deborah Bachrach, CHCS Senior Program Consultant

This policy brief outlines opportunities and challenges in undertaking Medicaid payment reform and details how federal and state roles might shift to facilitate quality-driven payment policies.

Medicaid Best Buys: Critical Strategies to Focus on High-Need, High-Cost Beneficiaries

This brief outlines promising state approaches to improve care and curb spending for Medicaid's highest-cost patient subsets, including opportunities to: 1) enhance fee-for-service primary care case management programs; 2) integrate physical and behavioral health services; and 3) integrate care for adults who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.


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