In 2022, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) published numerous practical resources outlining opportunities to strengthen the U.S. health care system, particularly for people covered by Medicaid. Check out our most popular releases from the past year:

  1. A Community-Centered Approach to Data Sharing and Policy Change: Lessons for Advancing Health Equity – Highlights lessons to inform data-sharing partnerships between community-based organizations, state agencies, and individuals with lived expertise — including considerations for engaging community members.
  2. Talking About Complex Care: A Guide for Clear and Effective Communications – Presents general and audience-specific messages and practical guidance for communicating about complex care in consistent and clear language. See also a companion infographic.
  3. Medicaid Population-Based Payment: The Current Landscape, Early Insights, and Considerations for Policymakers – Offers design and implementation considerations for Medicaid population-based payment models — an advanced value-based payment approach that may help states achieve often hard-to-reach quality- and cost-related goals.
  4. Integrating Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening into Clinical Practice – Shares perspectives from California-based providers on how to effectively integrate adverse childhood experience screening into clinical practice for children and adults in a trauma-informed manner.
  5. Making the Invisible Visible: State Strategies for Identifying and Reaching Family Caregivers – Presents key strategies to help states better identify and reach family caregivers, drawing on state examples from CHCS’ Helping States Support Families Caring for an Aging America initiative.
  6. Four Ways to Strengthen the Direct Care Workforce – Explores key recommendations for states to strengthen and sustain the direct care workforce, especially as the desire for home- and community-based services continue to climb.
  7. A Patient-Centered Complex Care Research Agenda – Outlines core strategies and corresponding action steps to build a stronger, more coordinated, and patient-centered complex care evidence base beyond reductions in cost and utilization.
  8. Testing One, Two, Three: CMS’ New Demonstration Opportunity to Address Health-Related Social Needs – Highlights three takeaways from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ new 1115 demonstration opportunity aligned with recent waiver approvals that increase flexibilities to address health-related social needs.
  9. Confronting Racism in Pediatric Care – Ben Danielson, MD, clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and advisor to CHCS’ Accelerating Child Health Transformation initiative, recounts the painful story of a Black pediatric patient and his mother as they navigate a hospital stay.
  10. Diversifying Medicaid’s Leaders to Better Address Health Equity – Highlights key strategies for diversifying the Medicaid leadership pipeline to ensure that program administrators better reflect the diverse populations they serve.

Top CHCS Webinar

Words Matter: How Language Used in Health Care Settings Can Impact the Quality of Pediatric Care – Explored the power of stigmatizing language in medical settings, its impact on health disparities for historically marginalized groups, and opportunities to improve trust between patients, families, and care providers. A companion tool outlines considerations for providers on how to write electronic health record notes that promote patient-centered care and dignity.

Most Popular on the Better Care Playbook

Applying Research Evidence to Support Complex Care Program Design: Seven Lessons from the Field – Features perspectives from innovators in the complex care field on lessons for translating evidence-based research into decision making to design and improve programs that serve people with complex health and social needs.