A nonprofit policy center dedicated to improving the health of low-income Americans.

Since 1995, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) has partnered with every state in the country to promote innovations in publicly financed health care, especially for individuals with complex, high-cost needs. Its work brings together state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and community-based organizations to advance models of organizing, financing, and delivering health care services. In so doing, it has developed both a birds-eye view and a ground-level feel for the nation’s health care delivery system for low-income Americans and a unique perspective on how to generate systems-level change within Medicaid and across public and private payers.

As a nonpartisan organization, CHCS facilitates problem-solving exchanges and peer learning among a diverse range of health care stakeholders to improve access, integrate fragmented services, reduce avoidable expenditures, and link payment with quality. CHCS’ technical assistance and training activities, supported primarily by philanthropic and federal funding, are organized under three core priorities:

  • Delivery System and Payment Reform: Supporting states in designing and implementing comprehensive, statewide multi-payer delivery system and payment reforms that reward value as opposed to volume and support improvements in population health.
  • Integrated Services for People with Complex Needs:  Advancing innovations in care for many of the nation’s highest-need, highest-cost populations, including high-risk children and youth; adults eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, including those with long-term care needs; and people with complex physical health, behavioral health, and social service needs.
  • Leadership and Capacity Building: Ensuring that state leaders have the skills, expertise, and tools necessary to achieve Medicaid’s potential as a national model for high-quality, cost-effective care and to maximize the potential for cross-sector collaboration.

At CHCS, we are fortunate to collaborate with mission-driven partners across the country to advance shared goals for better health. From policy concept through program implementation, our work is designed to help ensure that health reform’s promise of coverage translates to high-quality and cost-effective care.