Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

September 2017 | Webinar

States participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 6|18 Initiative are bringing together Medicaid and public health agency partners to adopt evidence-based prevention strategies for Medicaid populations in six high-opportunity areas: asthma control, tobacco cessation, unintended pregnancy prevention, preventing diabetes, preventing healthcare associated infections, and controlling high blood pressure.

This webinar, made possible by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, informs the 6|18 Initiative’s cross-agency teams about opportunities to evaluate the impact of 6|18 interventions. It provides a high-level overview of relevant Medicaid quality measurement efforts, discusses potential indicators that teams can use to monitor their progress and achievements, and describes examples of measures and outcomes from Round-1 6|18 states involved in the Initiative.


I. Introductions

II. CDC and 6|18 Teams’ Approach to Evaluation

Speaker: Naomi Chen-Bowers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Naomi Chen-Bowers described the CDC 6|18 Initiative’s evaluation approach for Round-2 teams, and distinguished it from teams’ own plans to measure the impact of their 6|18 activities.

III. How to Monitor Progress and Achievements in 6|18

Speakers:  Leighton Ku and Erin Brantley, George Washington University

Leighton Ku and Erin Brantley described how Medicaid and public health partners can collaborate to track changes in utilization, cost, and health outcomes related to 6|18 interventions. They also highlighted examples for how to develop and implement an evaluation strategy from Round-1 teams — including examples of measures and data sources being used by those teams.

IV. Leveraging Medicaid Quality Measurement and Alignment with 6|18 Interventions

Speaker: Deirdra Stockmann, Centers  for Medicare and Medicaid

Deirdra Stockmann described the Medicaid Adult and Child Core Measure Sets and Medicaid quality reporting activities. She highlighted examples of CMS quality measures that align with 6|18 interventions and offered thoughts on how teams can leverage existing Medicaid data collection efforts for 6|18.