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De-Mystifying Data: How Medicare Data Can Support Medicaid Agencies

This issue brief from the MLTSS Institute focuses on aspects of delivering effective care to individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dually eligible individuals).The brief provides a primer on the ways that Medicare data can help states better deliver care to dually eligible individuals; it also details information about data sources and other resources available to help obtain and analyze Medicare data.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72175

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Starting from Square One: Considerations for States Exploring Medicare-Medicaid Integration

This issue brief from the MLTSS Institute focuses on aspects of delivering effective care to individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Only about 2/3 of states have undertaken any activity to better integrate care for dually eligible beneficiaries; many have encountered a number of barriers in pursuing better integration of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This issue brief identifies key questions that states should ask themselves before they design an integrated care program.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72030

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Making Integration Work: Key Elements for Effective Partnerships between Physical and Behavioral Health Organizations in Medicaid

This report examines how health plans can partner to promote successful integration of care for enrollees with behavioral health conditions. As part of this report, CHCS interviewed leaders of organizations that are partnering to integrate care.. The report analyzes findings from Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, And Arkansas and highlights key elements that contribute to successful partnerships between physical and behavioral health organizations.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71939

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The Value of Pursuing Medicare-Medicaid Integration for Medicaid Agencies

This report is the fourth in a series of publications from the MLTSS Institute, which was established in 2016 to drive improvements in key MLTSS policy areas, facilitate sharing and learning among states, and provide direct and intensive technical assistance to states and health plans. This issue brief focuses on delivering effective care to individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid and aims to lay out the case for state Medicaid agencies to invest in integrated care programs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71835

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Value-Based Payment in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports: A Checklist for States

Medicaid value-based payment (VBP) models tie payment to outcomes including quality of care, health status, and costs. This guide presents a checklist of four issues for consideration as states identify issues to consider when developing and adopting value-based payment (VBP) models for HCBS within managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) programs. The guide also reviews strategies for stakeholder engagement.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71057

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health via Medicaid Managed Care Contracts and Section 1115 Demonstrations

This report examines 40 Medicaid managed care contracts and 25 approved Section 1115 demonstrations. It identifies common themes across state approaches to incentivizing and requiring SDOH-related activities. CHCS also provides several additional policy recommendations for bolstering SDOH investment in state Medicaid offices.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70963

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Achieving Value in Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Care: Considerations for Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Programs

Medicaid value-based payment (VBP) models tie payment to outcomes including quality of care, health status, and costs. This guide outlines considerations for adopting value-based payment (VBP) to promote high-quality MLTSS programs. It combines insights from five states - Minnesota, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia - with input from national health policy experts.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70745

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Data Support Considerations in Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Programs

This technical assistance brief outlines the specifics of Medicaid accountable care organizations' (ACOs') data needs and explores how states can effectively provide data to organizations participating in ACOs. The brief breaks down data support into three categories: Patient Attribution, Cost and Quality Performance, and Care Management Information. It also discusses various lessons and challenges with data support, including time lag, provider readiness, and regulations in conflict.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70691

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Opportunities to Enhance Community-Based Medication Management Strategies for People with Complex Health and Social Needs

The Center for Health Care Strategies released a new report on promising community-based medication management strategies. Many Americans have complicated drug regimens which can be difficult to manage and may result in unintended medication errors. This paper is based off of literature reviews and interviews and discusses opportunities for enhanced community management of medication complexity.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70586

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