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The Medicare Shared Savings Program Final Rule: Implications for Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations

With the publication of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Final Rule on December 21, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) clearly signaled that the Trump administr... more

January 8 2019
Connecting Physical and Oral Health Care in Louisiana

Primary care professionals are generally the first point of contact in the health care system and are often underutilized as a source of basic oral health services to their patients. Fluorid... more

December 18 2018
A New Approach to Integrating Care for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries: Idaho’s Medicare Medicaid Coordinated Plan

Individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid often have complex health and social needs that are difficult to address in a fragmented, uncoordinated system of care. Like a gro... more

December 12 2018
Reducing Dental Opioid Prescribing in Oregon: A Conversation with Oral Health Leaders

With the United States in the grip of an opioid epidemic, public health care leaders are seeking innovative solutions to address the crisis. Educating dental providers is one way that states... more

December 5 2018
We Need More Data on Medicaid ACOs to Determine Drivers of Success

“Provider Payment Reform: Right Course, Wrong Students?,” a recent blog post authored by Chris Koller, President of the Milbank Memorial Fund, argues that while delivering high-value... more

December 3 2018
States Need Pragmatic Policy Solutions to Better Support Family Caregivers

Nearly 18 million family members in the United States provide care to older people who need assistance. They are often invisible members of our health care system who receive little preparat... more

November 29 2018
Successfully Connecting Medicare and Medicaid for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries: MyCare Ohio

People who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid often have complex needs that are not met in fragmented, uncoordinated systems of care. Ohio’s solution to this problem has been to... more

November 27 2018
Policy Update: State and Federal Movement to Advance Trauma-Informed Care

Over the past year, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) has been monitoring state and federal policymakers’ interest in addressing early adversity, toxic stress, and trauma to pro... more

November 15 2018
Medication Trauma: What It Is and How to Help

Medication complexity is a challenge to patients, physicians, and pharmacists alike. It occurs when an individual is prescribed multiple medications, each with its own dosing schedules and s... more

November 8 2018
How States Can Better Engage Medicaid Patients

Experts weigh in on practical approaches for engaging Medicaid beneficiaries to ensure that services are designed to meet their needs. Medicaid is the largest health care program in the Uni... more

October 29 2018
What Does it Take to Become Trauma-Informed? Lessons from Early Adopters

Trauma-informed care has emerged as a core competency to improve how health care organizations deliver services to people who have experienced adverse life events. Through the Advancing Trau... more

October 18 2018
Five Things to Know About CDC’s 6|18 Initiative

As the US health care system undergoes dynamic change, increased alignment between health care quality and payment is providing new opportunities for the public health and health care se... more

October 11 2018
Charity Care Programs: What They See on the Horizon

Charity care programs (CCPs) are an integral part of the safety-net landscape for many low-income Americans. These programs have evolved over the past several years, particularly in the post... more

September 20 2018
Payment Innovation in Federally Qualified Health Centers: Lessons from California

Significant movement has occurred over the past few years among states, managed care organizations (MCOs), and providers, including federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), to adopt value... more

September 12 2018
Building a Robust Peer Navigator Program to Accelerate Recovery: Q&A with a Peer Program Coordinator

Coordinating Care for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders, a unique program in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County, uses peer navigators to engage people with substance use disorder (SUD) w... more

August 16 2018
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