Serve on an Annual Medicaid MCO Survey Tool Revision Workgroup

December 15, 2020

Caroline E. Adams

The IMI team is in the process of planning the revision of the annual Medicaid MCO survey tool. We anticipate a complete overhaul of the survey to ensure that our questions remain relevant and timely in collecting meaningful data about the Medicaid program. The survey tool revision process will begin in early 2021.

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Nurses at the Frontline: Stories on the Impact of COVID-19 on Medicaid Enrollees

December 15, 2020

Lydia Tonkonow

This year, in celebration of the World Health Organization’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) partnered with Medicaid health plans across the country to create a compendium that highlights the critical work done by these professionals in the Medicaid space.

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Addressing SDOH in Medicaid: Cross-Sector Collaborations to Support Initiatives

December 15, 2020

Noelle Serino

The social determinants of health are a priority for organizations across the health, business, and nonprofit sectors. Healthy People 2030, powered by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, divides the social determinants of health into five categories: (1) economic stability, (2) education access and quality, (3) health care access and quality, (4) neighborhood and built environment, and (5) social and community context. A 2018 report found that 68% of Americans struggled with at least one of these determinants and 52% faced moderate to high risk of at least one of these determinants.

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Innovation in Medicaid Behavioral Health Service Delivery During COVID-19

November 5, 2020

Chloe Bakst, Ann Giazzoni, MSW, LCSW, MBA, Nevena Minor, MPP, & Yavar Moghimi, MD

The rise of COVID-19 in the United States has increased the need for behavioral health services while necessitating a radical change in how these services are delivered. Behavioral health, which includes mental health and substance use disorders, is a major focus for the Medicaid program, with many Medicaid health plans providing behavioral health coverage as part of their comprehensive benefits packages. In 2015, Medicaid covered 21 percent of adults with mental illness, 26 percent of adults with serious mental illness (SMI), and 17 percent of adults with substance use disorder (SUD), according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.

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Increased number of comorbidities associated with higher likelihood of severe maternal morbidity

October 22, 2020

Caroline E. Adams & Clare C. Brown, PhD, MPH

IMI’s latest research article, released ahead-of-print in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, examines risk of severe maternal morbidity in association with chronic conditions and maternal race/ethnicity. An analysis was performed using a nationally representative sample of delivery hospitalizations.

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Doulas & Maternity Community Health Workers in Medicaid

October 14, 2020

Chloe Bakst In the spring of 2020, the Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) released a new report, Community-Based Maternal Support Services: The Role of Doulas and Community Health Workers in Medicaid. This report was part of a suite of resources IMI produced related to high-value,…

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Introducing IMI’s New Virtual Learning Series on High-Value, Evidence-Based Models of Maternal Care in Medicaid

September 3, 2020

Chloe Bakst

Following the spring release of the Institute for Medicaid’s (IMI) reportImproving Maternal Health Access, Coverage, and Outcomes in Medicaid, the IMI team heard from an array of Medicaid stakeholders who were interested in taking the information about high-value, evidence-based maternal models of care detailed in the report and putting it into action.

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State Medicaid Programs and Pathways to Health

August 24, 2020

Audrey McClurg, Noelle Serino, & Sara Villanueva

IMI’s most downloaded resource on the website is its Medicaid state fact sheets, offering comprehensive information on topics such as eligibility, waivers, programmatic offerings, and covered benefits for each state in the U.S., D.C., and Puerto Rico.

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Emphasizing the “Person” in Person-Centered Contraceptive Care and LARC Access

August 7, 2020

Megan Fuerst

Person-centered care is care that responds to an individual’s preferences, needs, and values. Individual contraceptive preferences are influenced by a wide range of historical and social factors; these include racism, sexism, economic injustices, histories of trauma, and cultural preferences.

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Visualizing the Benefits of High-Risk Care Coordination in the Medicaid Population

July 23, 2020

Chloe Bakst

The recently released report by the Institute for Medicaid Innovation, High-Risk Care Coordination: Opportunities, Barriers, and Innovative Initiatives in Medicaid, includes an overview of the benefits of high-risk care coordination (HRCC) in the Medicaid population, highlights innovative case studies from Medicaid health plans, and describes the key components of HRCC programs, common payment mechanisms, and potential challenges to implementation.

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