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State Strategies to Promote Team-Based Primary Care Through Medicaid Managed Care

Supporting team-based care is an important way for states to advance the delivery of high-quality, comprehensive, and equitable primary care. Team-based care improves health outcomes for pat... more

April 1, 2021
Paying for and Investing in Primary Care in Medicaid: Spotlight on Washington State

Primary care is at a crossroads: While COVID-19 has put unprecedented strain on the primary care system, the pandemic has also opened the door for rapid care delivery transformation. Reducti... more

December 9, 2020
Now Is the Time for States to Get Serious About Investing in Primary Health Care

Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit, the U.S. had historically underinvested in primary care, spending only five to seven cents of every health care dollar on primary care services. The pand... more

November 17, 2020
Accountable Communities for Health: Multi-Sector Community Partnerships in Action

As states test new care delivery models that focus on integrated, patient-centered, and value-driven care, a number of Medicaid agencies have established multi-sector partnerships to address... more

February 2, 2017
Promising Community-Based Medicaid Delivery System Reforms: Innovations from New York DSRIP

Last month, CHCS’ blog explored the broad take-up of Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) opportunities in Medicaid programs across the nation; this latest blog post looks at s... more

November 10, 2016
Driving Health Care Innovation through DSRIP: State of the States

Through “Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment” (DSRIP) programs, authorized under Medicaid Section 1115 waivers, states can use anticipated savings to test cutting-edge ways to impro... more

October 20, 2016
The Next Wave of Innovation: Common Themes from Round 2 of the State Innovation Model Initiative

On April 22 and 23, 2015, State Innovation Model (SIM) award recipients convened in Baltimore, Maryland to discuss “the next wave of innovation” in health care payment, delivery system r... more

May 7, 2015
Leveraging State-Alliance Partnerships in State Innovation Model Efforts

With the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) recently announcing Round Two of the State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative, the participating awardees will engage a wide set... more

March 9, 2015
Top 5 Steps for States to Engage ‘Lab Partners’ in Health Reform

How are states engaging partners in their laboratories of health policy innovation? Today, states are in the throes of implementing major coverage, delivery system, and payment reforms to... more

October 9, 2014