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Brief & Report

HMA publishes white paper “Moving Beyond COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Risk Corridors”

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HMA has published a white paper identifying the appropriate, and inappropriate, uses of risk corridors in the context of Medicaid managed care capitation rate setting.  The paper is timely due to the widespread use of risk corridors by states during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and the potential continuation of those risk corridors after the PHE ends.  

Download the Executive Summary here.

Webinar

Webinar Replay: A Deep Dive into Improving CAHPS Member Experience Measures at Health Plans

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This webinar was held on May 19, 2021.

Member experience measures from the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey play a growing role in the quality rankings of Medicaid and Medicare health plans, with the difference between high and low plan scores often amounting to a few percentage points. During this webinar, HMA quality expert David Wedemeyer delved into how Medicaid and Medicare plans can improve their CAHPS scores and thereby benefit from incentive payments tied to high quality performance.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the growing role CAHPS measures have in health plan quality rankings and incentive payment models.
  • Learn how to develop a comprehensive member experience improvement structure, including a process for identifying and engaging members most likely to be dissatisfied.
  • Find out how the use of data analytics can drive a deeper understanding of trends in member experience and help identify real opportunities to improve.
  • Discover techniques for obtaining point-of-service feedback that can help address potential member experience issues before they arise

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David Wedemeyer, BSN, Principal, Los Angeles, CA

Webinar

Webinar Replay: When Behavioral Health Leaders Are Also Behavioral Health Family Caregivers

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This webinar was held on May 13, 2021.

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

Behavioral health professionals who have cared for their own family members have firsthand knowledge of the effects of depression, schizophrenia, and substance use disorder on individuals and families. While the experience informs their work in many positive ways, it can also make them susceptible to strong emotional reactions that may cloud their judgment. During this webinar, HMA clinical psychologist, consultant, and family caregiving expert Barry Jacobs explored strategies that behavioral health professionals can employ to manage their emotions in professional situations, ensuring the most effective and constructive interactions with family members and treatment teams as well as the best possible outcomes for patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the burgeoning phenomenon of family caregiving in America.
  • Find out how behavioral health professionals are impacted by their own personal family caregiving experiences in both positive and potentially negative ways, including a look at the most recent research on the subject.
  • Learn three effective strategies behavioral health professionals can employ to manage their own emotional reactions to interactions with clients and staff members.

Speaker

Barry Jacobs, Psy.D., Principal, Philadelphia

Webinar

Webinar Replay: Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Behavioral Health Staff and Patients

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This webinar was held on April 28, 2021.

This is the first webinar in the series “Exploring the Landscape of Behavioral Healthcare,” a series on the growing impact of behavioral healthcare on clinical outcomes and cost.

Behavioral health providers continue to struggle to increase COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among staff and patients, especially in communities of color. During this webinar, HMA behavioral health experts discussed strategies for increasing vaccine acceptance among behavioral health providers and clients. Speakers also addressed how disparities in COVID-19 infection rates impact behavioral healthcare.

Speakers

Laquisha Grant, MPA, Senior Consultant
Deb Peartree, RN, MS, Senior Consultant

Blog

Dual Eligible Financial Alignment Demonstration Enrollment Updated

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This week, our In Focus section reviews publicly available data on enrollment in capitated financial and administrative alignment demonstrations (“Duals Demonstrations”) for individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles) in nine states: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Texas. Each of these states has begun either voluntary or passive enrollment of dual eligibles into fully integrated plans providing both Medicaid and Medicare benefits (“Medicare-Medicaid Plans,” or “MMPs”) under three-way contracts between the state, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the MMP. As of February 2021, approximately 392,000 dual eligibles were enrolled in an MMP. Enrollment rose 5.7 percent from February of the previous year.

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Modest Skilled Nursing Facility Payment Update and Policy Updates in 2022 Proposed Rule

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This week, our In Focus reviews the fiscal year (FY) 2022 skilled nursing facility (SNF) proposed payment rule, released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on April 8, 2021. If the proposals contained in the rule are foreshadowing, SNFs will continue to face financial pressures coming out of the public health emergency. This payment update, combined with other policy proposals, is likely to lead to the smallest payment update since the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 set a 1 percent increase in FY 2018. The rule proposes a net payment update of 1.3 percent after accounting for forecast error and the multifactor productivity adjustment. In addition to the payment update, CMS proposes changes to the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP), and the SNF Value-Based Program (VBP) for FY 2022. Notably, CMS proposes an eventual payment correction to achieve a budget neutral implementation of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) that could result in a 5 percent rate reduction.

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Federal Funding for Home and Community-based Services (HCBS): Enacted and Proposed Investments

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This week, our In Focus reviews federal enacted and proposed investments in home and community-based services (HCBS). HCBS are critically important for millions of Americans with disabilities and older adults, assisting them to remain in their homes and participate in their communities. People with disabilities and older adults have also been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, yet little federal funding has been directed to HCBS during the public health emergency. This changed on March 11, 2021, when the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law, with both Medicaid and non-Medicaid HCBS funding included. Additionally, the Administration has recently proposed further HCBS investments in both The American Jobs Plan and the President’s 2022 Discretionary Request.

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