news Medicaid Directors Selected for 2019 Class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute

Hamilton, NJ, August 28, 2018 – The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) today announced that Medicaid directors from six states — Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, and Virginia — have been competitively selected to participate as fellows in the 2019 class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute. CHCS directs this Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded initiative,… Read more »

August 2018
resource Advancing Health Care and Community-Based Organization Partnerships to Address Social Determinants: Lessons from the Field

With the recognition that social factors contribute significantly to poor health outcomes and unnecessary spending, particularly among low-income individuals, health care and community-based organizations (CBOs) across the country are increasingly entering into partnerships designed to address the social determinants of health. These partnerships are bringing together health systems and CBOs in new ways, building on… Read more »

August 2018
resource Approaches to Extending Complex Care Models into the Community: Emerging Evidence

 Across the country innovative health care organizations serving individuals with complex health and social needs are increasingly finding value in care models that go beyond the brick and mortar of the health system and into the communities where people live, work, and play. This webinar featured speakers from ThedaCare Health System in Wisconsin and… Read more »

August 2018
resource Data Support Considerations in Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Programs

Medicaid accountable care organizations (ACOs) need data on their attributed populations to successfully improve health outcomes and manage patients’ total cost of care. This includes data on members’ health status; emergency department and inpatient utilization; and risk scores, ideally accounting for social risk factors — such as homelessness, past incarceration, and child protection involvement. State… Read more »

August 2018
resource Tools for Supporting Social Service and Health Care Partnerships to Address Social Determinants of Health

Health care and community-based organizations (CBOs) across the country are increasingly working together to better address the root causes of poor health among low-income and vulnerable populations. Through support from Kaiser Permanente Community Health, the Center for Health Care Strategies and Nonprofit Finance Fund collaborated to identify new strategies and resources to facilitate effective CBO-health… Read more »

August 2018
resource Digital Health Products for Complex Populations

Today, few digital health products are developed to support individuals with complex physical, behavioral, and social needs. This database of digital health products, developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies through support from Kaiser Permanente Community Health, is intended to help health care providers, payers, and other stakeholders identify tools that are designed to improve… Read more »

resource Promoting Weekly Reflection to Support Outreach Workers: VCU Health’s Reflection Logs

This technical assistance tool highlights how Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCU Health) — the largest safety-net hospital in Richmond, Virginia — is using simple weekly voice recordings as a management tool to support outreach workers in its TakeCCARE program. The audio “Reflection Logs” provide a mechanism for front-line staff to regularly share their successes… Read more »

August 2018
resource Health Home Information Resource Center

The Medicaid Health Home State Plan Option allows states to create Medicaid health homes to coordinate the full range of medical, behavioral health, and long-term services and supports needed by beneficiaries with chronic conditions. To help states develop these new models, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Health Home Information Resource Center…. Read more »

resource Early Adopters of Trauma-Informed Care: An Implementation Analysis of the Advancing Trauma-Informed Care Grantees

Health care providers increasingly recognize how an individual’s history of trauma may influence his or her health, relationships, and ability to adopt healthy behaviors. Trauma includes exposure to things such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, and violence, which can have a direct impact on lifelong health and well-being. Through Advancing Trauma-Informed Care, a national initiative led… Read more »

July 2018
resource Faces of Medicaid: Children Receiving Psychotropic Medications Infographic

In recent years, valuable research studies and efforts at the federal level have increased attention to high rates of psychotropic medication use among children covered by Medicaid, particularly for children in foster care. This infographic is a companion to the Center for Health Care Strategies’ (CHCS) national analysis of 2011 Medicaid claims data — available… Read more »

July 2018