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Brief & Report

HMA colleagues, report examines cost of stemming gun violence

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In a new report, “Cost Estimate for Federal Funding for Gun Violence Research and Data Infrastructure,” HMA colleagues were engaged by Arnold Ventures and the Joyce Foundation, to examine the cost to fund research and create a data infrastructure aimed at reducing gun violence. Each organization had previously released separate, but complimentary, reports outlining recommendations to stem gun violence in the United States.

This research and final cost estimate found the federal government would need to spend nearly $600 million over the next five years in order to close the gun violence information gap and provide sufficient resources to conduct appropriate research and collect and share comprehensive, transparent data to help policymakers and lawmakers address and solve gun violence.

HMA colleagues Catherine Guerrero, Zach Gaumer, Jay Shannon, Cindy Zeldin, and Yamini Narayan contributed to the research and final report.

During a webinar on Wednesday, July 14, a panel of experts including Dr. Shani Buggs, Zach Gaumer, and Dr. John Roman, shared their perspectives on report and discuss key issues in gun violence prevention research, data infrastructure and federal investment needed to close the current policy research gap.

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HMA brief examines state efforts to integrate care across Medicaid FFS LTSS and Medicare Advantage D-SNPs

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Funded by UnitedHealthcare, the issue brief, State Efforts to Integrate Care Across Medicaid Fee-for-Service Long-Term Services and Supports and Medicare Advantage Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans, outlines approaches taken by Medicaid programs seeking to coordinate Medicare and Medicaid services for dually eligible individuals without first implementing standalone Medicaid managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) programs.

Authors are Sarah Barth, Rachel Deadmon and Julie Faulhaber.

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HMA authors report examining future of COVID-19 Medicare regulation changes

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A new Issue Brief, authored by Jennifer Podulka and Jon Blum, examines the many changes to Medicare regulations put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The brief, Which Medicare Changes Should Continue Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic? Four Questions for Policymakers, tracks and categorizes the regulatory changes, describes the benefits and risks of the changes, and establishes a framework to support policymakers’ decisions regarding the future for the changes after the pandemic ends.

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Issue brief explores personal health record for children, youth, and families involved with child welfare in California

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HMA Senior Consultant Suzanne Rabideau, Principals Heidi Arthur and Eileen Moscaritolo and Consultant Anh Pham recently developed the issue brief Exploration of a Personal Health Record for Children, Youth, and Families Involved with Child Welfare in CA for California’s Medicaid CalAIM Foster Care Model of Care Workgroup. The issue brief was developed to assist the workgroup in exploring options for establishing a portable personal health record (PHR) and support the workgroup’s efforts in making long-term recommendations on this topic. The PHR would give children, youth, families, and caregivers access to the child or youth’s health information.

The issue brief also

  • Describes a PHR and it’s uses
  • Identifies ways a PHR could assist in addressing the healthcare challenges often experienced by children, youth, and families involved with child welfare
  • Identifies the federal and California-specific opportunities to facilitate access to a PHR for children and youth in foster care
  • Identifies federal and California-specific challenges to implementing a comprehensive health record for children, youth, and families
  • Shares potential options for the workgroup to consider

Authors

Suzanne Rabideau, MBA, MA, LPC, Senior Consultant
Heidi Arthur, LMSW, Principal
Eileen Moscaritolo, Principal
Anh Pham, Consultant

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.

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HMA contributes to NAM perspectives discussion paper ‘Guide for Future Directions for Addiction and OUD Treatment Ecosystem’

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HMA Managing Directors R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, and Jean Glossa, MD, MBA, along with members of the Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Working Group of the Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, recently authored a new National Academy of Medicine Perspectives discussion paper calling for a long-term sustainable approach to preventing and managing addiction as a chronic disease.

To adequately respond to America’s drug overdose and death epidemic, the paper states the ecosystem in which people with addiction receive treatment must be reimagined and made more robust. The National Academy’s framework best describes the needs of and solutions for the addiction treatment ecosystem using the guidance of ‘the 4 Cs”: capacity, competency, consistency, and compensation.

Authors

R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, Managing Director, HMA Institute on Addiction
Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, DFAPA, DFASAM, President, Addiction Crisis Solutions and Immediate Past President, American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Alex Woodruff, MPH, policy analyst, Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center, VA Boston Healthcare System.
Jean Glossa, MD, MBA, Managing Director, Delivery System, HMA
Andrey Ostrovsky, MD, Managing Partner, Social Innovation Ventures

Brief & Report

Youth needs assessment published

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With a focus on the needs of young people in detention and correctional facilities, a team of Health Management Associates (HMA) colleagues completed an in-depth assessment designed to guide future planning and decision making around mental health services for youth.

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Nursing home report highlights benefits of single resident rooms

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The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted nursing home safety and infection control as critical public health issues. A new report authored by HMA colleagues found compelling evidence that single rooms in nursing homes have numerous benefits for both public health and residents’ experience. The authors conclude that transitioning from multi-resident rooms to single rooms should be a component of person-centered nursing home reform. The report calls on stakeholders to come to the table to discuss options and strategies for long-term care redesign and transformation.

The report, Fundamental Nursing Home Reform: Evidence on Single-Resident Rooms to Improve Personal Experience and Public Health, was developed for a Michigan-based long-term care provider and owner of skilled nursing facilities.

HMA colleagues Sharon Silow-Carroll, MBA, MSWDeborah Peartree, RN, MS, Susan Tucker, CPA, and Anh Pham conducted the research and analysis and prepared this report.  An appendix prepared by the national accounting firm Plante Moran provides estimates of new costs and other considerations related to transitioning to single-resident rooms, based on data from two Michigan-based multi-facility long-term care organizations.

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Report examines Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits

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The experts at Health Management Associates (HMA) have released Medicare Advantage Supplemental Benefit Flexibilities: An Early Assessment of Adoption and Policy Opportunities for Expanded Access. The white paper examines the factors contributing to a Medicare Advantage plan’s decision to offer or not offer newly available supplemental benefits and opportunities and challenges with adoption and implementation. Newly available supplemental benefits are intended to address unmet health and social needs.

HMA further sought to understand the extent to which Medicare Advantage enrollees had access to these benefits when eligible, and the effectiveness of these benefits as a tool to contain costs, improve outcomes, and increase enrollee engagement and satisfaction.

The report outlines seven key insights and accompanying policy considerations aimed towards promoting evidence-based benefit designs; expanding Medicare Advantage organization willingness to adopt the flexible benefits; and enhancing beneficiary involvement, access, and usage of these benefits.

HMA colleagues Narda Ipakchi, Mary Hsieh, Sarah Barth, and Jonathan Blum contributed to the report which follows up on a previous report providing a snapshot of early adoption of these benefits.

This analysis was funded by a grant from Arnold Ventures, a philanthropy dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States.

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Three HMA clinicians author naltrexone formulations in correctional settings issue brief

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HMA’s Donna Strugar-Fritsch, Shannon Robinson, MD and Scott Haga, PA-C, recently authored the issue brief, Naltrexone Formulations in Correctional Settings.  This brief provides clinical, financial, and administrative information prisons and jails can use in deciding whether to keep detainees on extended release naltrexone (XR-NTX, or the brand Vivitrol) or switch them to oral naltrexone tablets in instances where detainees have been prescribed XR-NXT prior to incarceration.