January 3, 2019 | Newsletter


In 2018, CHCS published a wide range of publications focused on advancing innovations in health care delivery for low-income Americans. We invite you to explore some of our most popular publications of the last year. We look forward to continuing our work with you in 2019!

  1. Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations – This blog post explores how states are shaping Medicaid accountable care organization efforts to address social determinants of health. 
  2. Complex Care Innovation in Action Series – This profile series spotlights pioneering health care organizations within a diverse range of delivery system, payment, and geographic environments that are enhancing care for individuals with complex needs. 
  3. Laying the Groundwork for Trauma-Informed Care – This brief outlines practical recommendations for health care organizations interested in taking steps toward becoming more trauma-informed. 
  4. Medicaid is Not Just for Doctor’s Visits: Innovative Early Childhood Funding Strategies – This blog post explores opportunities for Medicaid to support families through engaging in cross-sector efforts in education, supportive housing, child welfare, and home visiting. 
  5. Addressing Social Determinants of Health via Medicaid Managed Care Contracts and Section 1115 Demonstrations – This report examines 40 Medicaid managed care contracts and 25 section 1115 demonstrations to identify themes in state approaches to promoting activities related to social determinants of health.
  6. Promoting Better Health Beyond Health Care – This report explores the many ways that states are collaborating across agencies to improve population health while accomplishing reciprocal goals in areas like transportation and education. 
  7. Using Pay for Success in Medicaid Managed Care and Value-Based Purchasing Initiatives – This blog post explores what Pay for Success can bring to Medicaid and how it can be integrated into managed care and value-based purchasing. 
  8. Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in an Evolving Policy Environment: A Toolkit for States – This toolkit provides concrete policy strategies, operational steps, and federal and state authorities that states may use to advance long-term services and supports reforms.
  9. Blueprint for Complex Care: A Strategic Plan for Advancing the Field – This report assesses the current state of the complex care field and outlines actionable recommendations to help the field reach its full potential. 
  10. How States Can Better Engage Medicaid Patients – This blog post shares practical, insightful suggestions from experts regarding how state Medicaid agencies can better engage patients in the policymaking and implementation process.

Explore New Websites Launched in 2018

We also invite you to explore the following websites launched by CHCS this year:

Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center
Exposure to trauma increases an individual’s risk for serious health issues and poor health outcomes throughout life. This resource center, developed by CHCS through support form the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, offers practical tools that can help health care providers and other stakeholders implement strategies to improve patient outcomes, increase patient and staff resilience, and reduce avoidable health care service use and costs.


Resource Center for Implementing CDC’s 6|18 Initiative
Under the 6|18 Initiative, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified evidence-based interventions that can prevent or control prevalent, high-burden conditions. This resource center, developed by CHCS through support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is designed to advance the adoption of 6|18 strategies among by Medicaid, state and local health departments, and other payers and purchasers.