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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
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
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
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
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
Addressing Provider Viability: The Case for Prospective Payments during COVID-19

As the novel coronavirus spreads, Americans are now all too familiar with stories of hospitals on the brink of capacity overload, hoping that they have enough ventilators, personal protectiv... more

April 17, 2020
Supporting the Non-Traditional Health Care Workforce: Community Health Workers and Promotores

Community health workers and promotores (CHW/Ps) have been part of the health care landscape in the United States for decades. Payers and providers increasingly recognize their essential rol... more

February 13, 2020
Health Plan Leaders Find Success Working with FQHCs through Value-Based Payment Arrangements

Across the country, health plans and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) are exploring opportunities to move away from fee-for-service (FFS) payments and toward value-based paymen... more

January 24, 2020