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Brief & Report

HMA-authored report for SAMHSA-HRSA looks at health homes


The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) engaged Health Management Associates (HMA) to outline key areas of a recently enacted provision of the Affordable Care Act that permits Medicaid coverage of health homes, a service delivery model supporting care coordination and related supports for individuals with chronic conditions, including those with mental and substance use conditions.

HMA’s team of Managing Principal Jennifer N. Edwards and Principals Katharine V. Lyon, Juan Montanez, and Alicia D. Smith created  “Financing and Policy Considerations for Medicaid Health Homes for Individuals with Behavioral Health Conditions: A Discussion of Selected States’ Approaches.”

This report has three purposes:

  • To describe the overarching policy considerations for states and potential providers of health home services
  • To discuss the roles of quality measurement and health information technology (HIT)
  • To explore options and considerations for developing reimbursement methodologies and establishing payment rates.

The report provides an overview of health home service design and Medicaid State Plan Amendment development. It outlines the processes that may be necessary for state governments to work with SAMHSA and CMS in order to receive consultation and obtain approval for Medicaid health home services. HMA authors also offer observations and recommendations for states interested in implementing the benefit.

Released this week, the report was developed for the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions with funds under grant number 1UR1SMO60319-01 from SAMHSA-HRSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The CIHS promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings.

Brief & Report

New report highlights need to address long-term care demands


Health Management Associates (HMA) partnered with AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) to issue a new report highlighting the challenges facing states in providing long-term services and supports (LTSS).

HMA Senior Consultant Jenna Walls is one of the authors of “At the Crossroads: Providing Long-Term Services and Supports at a Time of High Demand and Fiscal Constraint.” Released July 16, the report examines findings of the third annual survey of LTSS systems across 49 states and the District of Columbia, highlighting transformations and reforms under way and trends across the country.