Increasingly, states are seeking more advanced primary care models that better addresses the diverse health-related needs of patients, including behavioral health and social needs. These profiles are part of a series that explore how five states — Hawaii, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington State — are using their managed care purchasing authority to advance primary care models. The states were participants in Advancing Primary Care Innovation in Medicaid Managed Care, a national learning collaborative made possible by The Commonwealth Fund and led by the Center for Health Care Strategies.

A companion toolkit, Advancing Primary Care Innovation in Medicaid Managed Care: A Toolkit for States, is also available that outlines strategies to support states in: (1) defining primary care priorities and advancing core functions; and (2) achieving primary care innovation goals through managed care contractual levers.