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Medicaid’s Role in the Next Phase of COVID-19 Response: Part II—Reopening the Health Care Delivery System

Across the country, federal and state policymakers are preparing to gradually reopen the economy while ensuring appropriate measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes plans to r... more

April 28, 2020
Medicaid’s Role in the Next Phase of COVID-19 Response: Part I

Across the nation, government, business, and community leaders are devising plans to re-open the economy and public spaces, while minimizing the risks associated with a second wave of infect... more

April 21, 2020
The Exponential Value of Integrating Cross-Agency Data: Lessons from Washington State’s David Mancuso

Many Medicaid programs across the nation are seeking to foster cross-agency alignment to improve outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries. In particular, integrated data sources from multiple age... more

March 10, 2020
A Marriage between Medicaid and Public Health: A Q&A on Partnering for Prevention

Public Health: "Why can't Medicaid pay for our stuff, haven't they seen that it is evidence-based and will save money?" Medicaid: “Why does everyone ask us to pay for their stuff?” ... more

June 18, 2019
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
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
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
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
Beyond Health Care: An Analysis of Cross-Sector Utilization and Costs among Hennepin County Medicaid Expansion Enrollees

Within publicly financed health care, there is a growing consensus that cross-sector collaboration is a necessary ingredient for improving beneficiary outcomes and reducing costs. This is dr... more

October 30, 2017