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Webinar Replay: Advancing Health Justice for Medicaid Members with Disabilities, Including Those with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder

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This webinar, held on June 25, 2021 and was the sixth webinar in the series “Exploring the Landscape of Behavioral Healthcare,” covering the growing impact of behavioral healthcare on clinical outcomes and cost.”

State Medicaid programs must address health disparities and advance health justice for members with disabilities – including those with mental illness and substance use disorder (SUD). Our presenters outlined the path forward in the 2021 report, Advancing Health Justice Using Medicaid Data: Key Lessons from Minnesota for the Nation, produced by AcademyHealth, Disability Policy Consortium (DPC), and Health Management Associates (HMA). During this webinar, speakers from DPC and HMA discussed how to measure health disparities, present the evidence on health disparities from one state’s Medicaid program, and discussed what federal and state policymakers can do to address health justice stemming from racial injustice, discrimination, bias, and stigma in our healthcare system.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what health justice and other related terms mean
  • Learn how to measure health disparities affecting Medicaid members with disabilities – including those with mental illness and SUD
  • Examine evidence on health disparities from one state Medicaid program’s efforts
  • Consider the national implications of this evidence on Medicaid members
  • Review what actions policymakers can take to advance health justice

Speakers

  • Ellen Breslin, MPP. Principal, HMA, Boston, MA
  • Dennis Heaphy, M.Div. M.Ed. MPH, Health Justice Policy Analyst, Disability Policy Consortium, Malden, MA
  • Anissa Lambertino, PhD., Senior Consultant, HMA, Chicago, IL
Blog

Tennessee Releases Medicaid Managed Care RFP

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This week our In Focus reviews the Tennessee Medicaid managed care request for proposals (RFP) released on June 11, 2021, by the State of Tennessee, Division of TennCare. Tennessee will select three plans to provide physical services, behavioral services, and Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS), including nursing facility services and home and community-based services (HCBS), to beneficiaries enrolled in TennCare (Medicaid), CoverKids (Children’s Health Insurance Program), and Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNP). Current incumbents serve over 1.5 million beneficiaries, with contracts worth $12 billion annually.

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Webinar Replay: Practical Approaches to Supervising Behavioral Health Staff Working Remotely or in Hybrid Settings

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This webinar was held on June 15, 2021. It was the fifth webinar in the series Exploring the Landscape of Behavioral Healthcare, covering the growing impact of behavioral healthcare on clinical outcomes and cost.

Behavioral health staff face new challenges, anxiety, and risk of burnout as they attempt to deliver the best care possible to clients in care settings impacted by the pandemic. That’s true whether staff members work remotely or in emerging hybrid environments in which care is provided both virtually and face-to-face. Supervisors play a critical role in helping staff work through stressful logistical, clinical, and even personal situations so that the focus remains on the client.

During this webinar, HMA behavioral health experts offered practical approaches to managing staff in both virtual and hybrid settings, helping to ensure staff members remain productive, appreciated, supported, and focused on improving client outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how the stresses of the pandemic, including social distancing, loss, and the challenges of staying connected to friends and family, have impacted the mental health of clients and providers.
  • Identify practical approaches to remote staff supervision, including huddles, group and individual supervision, and tactics for successful conference calls.
  • Learn how supervisors and staff can work together to manage work/life boundaries, especially given the need to oversee staff working in a combination of settings, including the home, and the complexities of vaccination disclosure.

Speakers

Deb Peartree, Senior Consultant, Albany, NY

Annalisa Baker, Senior Consultant, HMA, New York City

Blog

Indiana Releases Medicaid Managed Care RFP

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This week, our In Focus section reviews the Indiana Medicaid managed care request for proposals (RFP) for health plans serving beneficiaries enrolled in Hoosier Healthwise and Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) programs. Contracts will be worth over $6 billion annually.  The RFP was released on June 7, 2021, by the Indiana Department of Administration on behalf of the Family and Social Services Administration Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning.

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Long-Term Care and Care Facilities Post-COVID-19 Pandemic

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While disrupting all aspects of life around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on the long-term care delivery system in this country with long-term care facilities being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Nursing homes and senior living communities were in the difficult position of needing to keep patients safe while continuing to provide care and mitigate the risks of infection for both patients and staff.

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California Releases Draft Medi-Cal Managed Care RFP

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This week, our In Focus section reviews the draft Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans (MCPs) request for proposals (RFP) released on June 1, 2021, by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). California will procure MCPs for the Two-Plan Model, Geographic Managed Care (GMC), Regional Model, Imperial Model, and San Benito Model. This RFP excludes County Operated Health Systems (COHS) Plans and Local Initiative Plans. Of the total 13.5 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries, there are nearly 11.6 million in Medicaid managed care, of which approximately 3.5 million will be served under this RFP. A final RFP release date is still “to be determined” but expected in late 2021. Feedback on the draft RFP is due July 1, as well as voluntary non-binding letters of intent. A pre-proposal web conference will be held on June 10.

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