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Improving Care for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries through Innovative Health Plan Partnerships

The nearly 12 million Americans who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid are among the nation’s highest-need and highest-cost populations. Integrated health plans, which combine p... more

August 13 2018
Integrating Peers into Hospital Settings to Address Substance Use: Q&A with a Peer Navigator

When people with substance use disorders (SUDs) are hospitalized or visit the emergency department, there is a critical window of opportunity to connect them to recovery-related services and... more

July 19 2018
6|18 Initiative a Win-Win for Medicaid and Public Health: A Conversation with North Carolina on Tobacco Cessation

CDC’s 6|18 Initiative is bringing together state Medicaid and public health partners to improve health and control health care expenditures for six high-burden, high-cost health conditions... more

July 12 2018
Prioritizing Opportunities to Advance the Field of Trauma-Informed Care

Earlier this spring, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) convened nearly 100 health care providers, payers, researchers, and leaders from the health, education, and philanthropic se... more

July 10 2018
Medicaid is Not Just for Doctor’s Visits: Innovative Early Childhood Funding Strategies

If a family has no means of transportation, consistent prenatal care becomes extremely difficult. If a mother is homeless, she is less likely to attend a child wellness visit. If a one-year-... more

July 2 2018
Solving the Medication Complexity Conundrum through Community-Based Solutions

For many Americans, taking prescription medications is part of everyday life. Nearly 75 percent of the population takes at least one prescription medication daily, and 29 percent take five o... more

June 27 2018
Early State Efforts to Advance Value in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Programs

State Medicaid programs are beginning to adopt value-based payment (VBP) models to reward value — or high quality, cost-effective care — for the long-term services and supports (LTSS) th... more

June 26 2018
Combatting Opioid Misuse in Tennessee and West Virginia: A Conversation with Two State Medicaid Directors

The opioid epidemic is a national public health crisis, with more than 115 Americans dying daily from opioid-related overdoses. As the country’s largest health insurer, Medicaid is uniquel... more

June 19 2018
Health Affairs Blog | Overcoming Challenges To Medicaid Investments In Social Determinants Of Health

Medicaid and other payers are recognizing that health outcomes and costs are driven by factors beyond clinical care. These factors are rooted in the community and include issues such as hous... more

June 14 2018
Encouraging Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Primary Care through Value-Based Payment Strategies

Across the US, it is nearly impossible to open a newspaper and not find an article about the opioid epidemic. Its impact is ubiquitous — families, communities, and states all feel its effe... more

June 11 2018
Why Adopt CDC’s 6|18 Prevention Strategies in Medicaid?

Georgia incorporated asthma self-management education into Medicaid health plans’ performance improvement projects. Massachusetts holds its Medicaid accountable care organizations respo... more

June 7 2018
Advancing Primary Care Innovation through Medicaid Managed Care

As the health care system moves toward more sophisticated value-based payment (VBP) models, those seeking to improve efficiency continue to look to primary care as the key to prevention and ... more

June 4 2018
Prioritizing Social Determinants of Health in Medicaid ACO Programs: A Conversation with Two Pioneering States

There is increasing recognition that medical care is only one of several factors affecting health outcomes. In February, a national CHCS webinar, made possible by The Commonwealth Fund, expl... more

May 2 2018
Welcome Upswing of State and Federal Support for Trauma-Informed Practices and Policies

Across the country, policy leaders are paying greater and greater attention to the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on lifelong physical, emotional, and social healt... more

April 26 2018
Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations

Medicaid accountable care organizations (ACOs) are designed to improve health care quality while delivering more efficient care. But, medical care is only one of several factors affecting he... more

April 18 2018
Getting to the Root of the Problem: Reducing Overuse of Opioids for Oral Pain

Opioid abuse and related deaths have reached epidemic proportions across the country, garnering attention from all levels of government, health care payers, clinicians, and the public. In 20... more

March 28 2018
Building a Medicaid Framework to Promote Healthy Behaviors: An Interview with Steve Fitton

Medicaid programs are increasingly interested in strategies for engaging consumers, including the use of financial incentives to promote healthy behaviors. Steve Fitton, former Medicaid dire... more

February 15 2018
Integrated Health Plans Focus on Pharmacy Management for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees

Rising pharmaceutical costs are a concern across many health care payers, but the issue is particularly critical for Medicare-Medicaid integrated health plans serving dually eligible individ... more

February 1 2018
Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations Version 2.0 Underway in Minnesota and Colorado

In several states across the country, Medicaid accountable care organization (ACO) programs have been operating for more than five years now. Lessons from those early adopters are being used... more

January 19 2018
Outcomes Rate Cards: A Scalable Pay for Success Approach

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CHCS is examining how Pay for Success (PFS) can help Medicaid stakeholders achieve policy and program goals. A companion blog and a rece... more

January 11 2018