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Webinar

Webinar Replay: Veteran Medicaid Directors Discuss the Future of State Medicaid Programs

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This webinar was held on November 8, 2021

Veteran Medicaid directors from Florida, South Dakota, and Idaho will provide a frank assessment of the many challenges, opportunities, and competing priorities facing state Medicaid leaders.  Beth Kidder (Florida), Bill Snyder (South Dakota), and Matt Wimmer (Idaho) recently joined HMA after heading up state Medicaid programs during one of the most turbulent public health crises in a generation.  The panel will be moderated by HMA Chief Operating Officer Chuck Milligan.

During this webinar, they shared their thoughts on how Medicaid directors will likely approach such pressing issues as successfully emerging from the public health emergency, assessing opportunities afforded by President Biden’s Build Back Better plan, and addressing looming challenges involving labor shortages, an impeding fiscal cliff, the future of pandemic-related regulatory flexibilities, and the growing role of home and community-based services (HCBS). Finally, they shared recommendations on how organizations can best maximize their effectiveness when meeting with state Medicaid directors by better understanding their world and what they need from various healthcare constituents like you.

Learning Objectives 

  • Understand the major trends and competing priorities facing state Medicaid leadership against a rapidly shifting local, state, and federal landscape.
  • Find out what the “new normal” will look like for state Medicaid programs as they emerge from the public health emergency and wrestle with changes in enrollment, eligibility requirements, fiscal constraints, and the future of regulatory flexibilities installed during the pandemic.
  • Learn how federal legislation and various state initiatives are driving dramatic changes in Medicaid, including expanded funding for HCBS, the success of telehealth services, expanded access to post-partum care, and the likely impact of the Build Back Better plan.
  • Find out how to overcome growing workforce shortages and other challenges that are impacting the ability of Medicaid beneficiaries to access care, including emerging HCBS offerings.
  • Learn how to maximize your effectiveness when meeting with state Medicaid representatives and how to uncover effective ways to partner with and support state Medicaid initiatives.

HMA Speakers

  • Beth Kidder, Managing Principal, Tallahassee, FL
  • Chuck Milligan, Chief Operating Officer (Moderator), Denver, CO
  • Bill Snyder, Principal, Leavitt Partners, an HMA Company, Rapid City, SD
  • Matt Wimmer, Principal, Denver, CO
Brief & Report

National Council for Mental Wellbeing and HMA have partnered to create a three-part series that examines behavioral health workforce crisis

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As demand for behavioral health services continues to grow, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, staffing and workforce capacity to deliver services has not kept up with demand. In a three-part series of issue briefs, colleagues from Health Management Associates (HMA) and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing (the National Council) offer immediate steps states can take to increase capacity and build a more stable workforce.

The first brief in the series focuses on Policy, Financial Strategies and Regulatory Waivers, and outlines solutions that can be implemented quickly to reduce administrative burden and maximize existing provider resources.

Several HMA and the National Council colleagues, contributed to the briefs and surrounding research.

Blog

Highlights from Kaiser/HMA 50-State Medicaid Director Survey

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This week, our In Focus section reviews highlights and shares key takeaways from the 21st annual Medicaid Budget Survey conducted by The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and Health Management Associates (HMA). Survey results were released on October 27, 2021, in two new reports: States Respond to COVID-19 Challenges but Also Take Advantage of New Opportunities to Address Long-Standing Issues: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022 and Medicaid Enrollment & Spending Growth: FY 2021 & 2022. The report was prepared by Kathleen Giff­ordAimee Lashbrook, and Sarah Barth from HMA; Mike Nardone; and by Elizabeth Hinton, Madeline Guth, Lina Stolyar, and Robin Rudowitz from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The survey was conducted in collaboration with the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD).

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Webinar

Webinar Replay: The future of healthcare quality improvement

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This webinar was held on November 2, 2021. 

The future of quality improvement is continuously changing, especially within the clinical and member experience space. New and emerging technologies like Data Aggregator Validation (DAV) certification, Natural Language Processing (NLP), digital measurement, member engagement platforms, and new health disparities stratifications are entering the Medicare and Medicaid quality space at a growing rate. This webinar looked at trends in Medicare/Medicaid quality and addressed how new and emerging quality technologies are positioned to help organizations improve their quality scores at multiple levels.

Learning Objectives

  • Find out how new and emerging quality concepts can be used to improve quality scores and better engage within the health plan and provider space.
  • Learn how to take advantage of trends within the Medicare and Medicaid quality space to position your organization for success.
  • Understand key factors impacting quality improvement scores such as HEDIS and CAHPS.
  • Identify emerging technologies like DAV certification, NLP, digital measurement, new member engagement platforms, and new health disparities stratifications.

Speaker

Anthony Davis, HMA Managing Director, Quality and Accreditation Services
Blog

HMA Brief Examines Options for CMMI to Refine Approach for Testing Medicare Program Improvements

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This week, our In Focus highlights a recent issue brief, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation: Recommendations for Future Direction, revisits questions raised in a previous HMA report and offers potential answers to guide progress and changes for demonstrations within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) or the Innovation Center.

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Brief & Report

Study examines Austin LGBTQIA+ community, quality of life

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A new report summarizing the ShoutOut Austin Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) Quality of Life Study, has been released. The report summarizes research conducted by HMA Community Strategies (HMACS) which included town hall meetings, surveys, stakeholder interviews, and focus group responses from a diverse group of community members.

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