A common strategy states can use to promote enhanced primary care capabilities is to create standards for primary care practices serving individuals covered by Medicaid, such as the development of a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) program. Medicaid programs across the country have implemented such programs, either using PCMH standards established by accreditation organizations or creating their own, state-specific primary care standards to address the unique needs and challenges of their population.

This webinar, made possible by The Commonwealth Fund, explored how states can develop and promote strong practice-level primary care standards within managed care. As an example of how states can enhance existing PCMH programs, the webinar included a particular focus on opportunities for states to support high quality and equitable pediatric care. The event featured perspectives from an Ohio Medicaid representative and a Washington State-based provider and researcher.

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Strengthening Primary Care through Medicaid Managed Care

This webinar is part of a learning series from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), Strengthening Primary Care through Medicaid Managed Care, which is examining the tools and levers that states can use to advance comprehensive primary care strategies and equitably improve the health of Medicaid enrollees. The series is made possible by The Commonwealth Fund.


I. Welcome and Introduction

Speaker: Kelsey Brykman, MS, Senior Program Officer, Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS)

K. Brykman welcomed participants and introduced speakers. She provided a brief introductory presentation on the topic.  

II. Exploring Ohio’s Comprehensive Primary Care Kids Program

Speaker: Mylynda Drake, MPH, Alternative Payment Model Administrator, Ohio Department of Medicaid

M. Drake explored Ohio’s Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) program, which sets standards and provides support for primary care providers in Ohio’s Medicaid program. The presentation included a focus on components of the program aimed at advancing pediatric care and health equity.

III. Innovations and Best Practices in Primary Care

Speaker: Tumaini Coker, MD, MBA, Division Chief, General Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s

T. Coker shared her experiences and research related to high-quality pediatric primary care that promotes health equity.  Her presentation highlighted innovative care models for stakeholders to consider in developing primary care policies.

IV. Moderated Q&A

Moderator: Kelsey Brykman, CHCS