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Amid a Pandemic and Beyond: Bolstering the Critical Capacity of Public Sector Leaders

Today’s public sector leaders are navigating an unprecedented public health emergency, a deepening economic recession, and, at the same time, a historic opportunity to address racial dispa... more

September 15, 2020
Modifying the Focus of Medicaid Value-Based Payment in the Context of COVID-19

Medicaid programs play a key role in supporting the health care system’s transition to the new normal created by the COVID-19 crisis. States and managed care organizations (MCOs) are consi... more

September 1, 2020
Identifying “Rising Risk” Populations: Early Lessons from the Complex Care Innovation Lab

In response to COVID-19, health care organizations around the country are mobilizing to identify patients at high risk of getting infected by the virus and/or having poor health outcomes i... more

August 20, 2020
How COVID-19 is Expanding CareOregon’s Approach to Defining High-Risk Patients

Before COVID-19 entered the nation’s lexicon, pioneering health plans were seeking innovative ways to stratify their members to better target high-risk individuals for needed health and/or... more

August 6, 2020
Celebrating 55 Years of Medicaid at a Time When it’s Needed Most

Navigating a pandemic and its impact on policy, operations, and service delivery is new territory for everyone in health care, including the Medicaid world. Among the many challenges tha... more

August 4, 2020
Colorado’s Cross-Agency Approach to Supporting Young Children and Their Families During COVID-19

While young children do not seem to become as sick as adults from COVID-19, children and their families — particularly those with low incomes — are experiencing significant impacts f... more

July 23, 2020
How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Highlighting the Importance of Trauma-Informed Care: Q&A with Dr. Edward Machtinger

COVID-19 and the stressors it is placing on individuals’ physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing create a new imperative for health care systems to look to trauma-informed care to sup... more

July 7, 2020
The Crucial Role of Home Visiting During COVID-19: Supporting Young Children and Families

Home visiting has long served an essential role in addressing the needs of young children by connecting families to programs, supports, and services. Home visitors — typically nurses, soci... more

June 25, 2020
Health Affairs Blog | How States Are Facilitating Medicaid Enrollment During COVID-19 — And How They Can Do Even More

As the number of individuals who find themselves unemployed due to COVID-19 continues to increase, reports have come out documenting that the majority of those filing unemployment claims are... more

June 17, 2020
How Destination Home is Partnering with Santa Clara County to Care for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness Amid COVID-19

While the COVID-19 pandemic has strained this country’s health care system in innumerable ways, a critical challenge to emerge for many communities is how to best support the health care n... more

June 10, 2020
Supporting Family Caregivers in the Time of COVID-19: State Strategies

Headlines and data from across the nation confirm the sad reality: older adults and people with chronic conditions or disabilities face disproportionately adverse outcomes if they contract C... more

June 2, 2020
Health Affairs Blog | Inequities Amplified by COVID-19: Opportunities for Medicaid to Address Health Disparities

COVID-19 has laid bare and will likely exacerbate the glaring inequity faced by communities of color due to a “constellation” of factors. Communities of color have an increased risk of C... more

May 29, 2020
Leveraging Prospective Payments to Address Provider Financial Shortfalls: The Role of Managed Care Organizations

Many providers are facing financial shortfalls due to postponed elective surgeries and decreased patient visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. While some aid is available through the CARES Ac... more

May 26, 2020
When COVID-19 Gives You Lemons: Pivoting to Virtual Community Engagement

Early in 2020, teams at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis and the Los Angeles Department of Health Services’ Whole Person Care (WPC-LA) program were prepped to launch new efforts to reach... more

May 19, 2020
New Jersey’s ‘Road Back’ Brings an Opportunity to Go Forward on Equity Amid COVID-19

Gov. Murphy’s Road Back identifies six principles to put the state on the road to recovery from COVID-19. This roadmap is vital, as are the Restart Commission and the Restart and Recove... more

May 13, 2020
Supports for Managed Care and Provider Networks During the COVID-19 Emergency Response

Federal and state agencies and health care systems are well into the emergency response phase for COVID-19. Many health systems across the nation are working at or above capacity to provide ... more

May 12, 2020
Integrating Care for Dually Eligible Individuals Matters Even More in the Face of COVID-19

In early 2020, states and their federal and health plan partners were well-positioned to advance the significant progress in Medicare-Medicaid integration achieved in recent years. COVID-19,... more

May 7, 2020
OneCare Vermont’s Response to COVID-19: Supporting Telehealth Ramp-Up via Prospective Payments

As the health care system responds to COVID-19, there is a critical focus on caring for those severely affected by the virus. In the meantime, however, non-emergency patient visits have ... more

May 5, 2020
Sustaining a Successful Cross-Agency Partnership: A Q&A with Wyoming’s Department of Health

Increased alignment between health care quality and payment is supporting new ways for Medicaid and public health agencies to enhance care and control health care costs. Cross-agency partner... more

May 4, 2020
On My Block: The Impact of Community Resources on Health Outcomes and Medical Spending

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become more apparent than ever that community resources — such as access to food, safe and affordable housing, and green space — are critically importa... more

May 1, 2020