CSG Members Attend DC Medicaid Session
More than 20 legislators from 16 states--many of them in key leadership positions on health or budget committees that deal with Medicaid in their home states--attended a CSG policy academy in Washington D.C. on September 21-23, 2016, to learn how states are making reforms in their Medicaid program that pursue the health "triple aim": improving the quality of care for individuals, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs of health care.
Over the three day period, legislators heard from Kaiser Family Foundation and Pew Center researchers about the similarities and differences of state Medicaid programs across the country. Another panel explored how state Medicaid programs are changing as they move from fee-for-service payments that reward volume to value-based payment systems that reward quality. Several presenters addressed one of the biggest news topics of moment: the high costs of some prescription drugs. Attendees shared with one another reform efforts in their states and available evidence that the reforms are moving quality and cost needles. Key federal officials--including Vikki Wachino, the current chief administrator of Medicaid and CHIP within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Serivces--provided updates on federal Medicaid policy and the outlook for the coming years.
Attached documents include the policy academy agenda, a contact list of speakers and power point slides. Click to download the PDF documents.
Additional resources referenced by speakers and attendees are also listed below.
Additonal Key Resources:
Implementing the ACA: Medicaid Spending & Enrollment Growth for FY 2014 and FY 2015, the annual Kaiser Family Foundation survey with Health Management Associates from 2015.
The ACA and Medicaid Expansion Waivers, a collection of reports and analysis of Section 1115 expansion waivers on the Kaiser Family Foundation website.
The Effects of Medicaid Expansion under the ACA: Findings from a Literature Review, June 20, 2016, Kaiser Family Foundation. This brief summarizes findings from 61 studies of the impact of state Medicaid expansions under the ACA. It includes peer-reviewed studies as well as free-standing reports, government reports, and white papers published by research and policy organizations between January 2014 and May 2016, using data from 2014 or later.
State Health Care Spending: Key Findings, a summary report from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
A link to the Pew project on state health care spending. Reports include state-by-state Medicaid, corrections, employees health plans, retiree health plans and substance use disorders. State fact sheets are available.
The Role of State Medicaid Programs in Improving the Value of the Health Care System, a March 2016 report from the National Association of Medicaid Directors provides an overview of Medicaid's work to design and implement value-based purchasing models in the states.
The High Cost of Prescription Drugs in the United States: Origins and Prospects for Reform, a JAMA article by Aaron S. Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH, Jerry Avorn, MD and Ameet Sarpatwari, JD, PhD, Aug. 2016.
Materials from the Meeting:
The documents listed below include the policy academy agenda, a contact list of speakers and power point slides. Click to download the PDF documents.