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Washington Releases 2019/2020 Integrated Managed Care RFP

This week’s In Focus section reviews Washington’s 2019/2020 Integrated Managed Care (IMC) request for proposals (RFP) issued by the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) on February 15, 2018 to provide 1.6 million Medicaid enrollees with both physical and behavioral health services. The procurement will expand Washington’s Apple Health – IMC program (formerly known as Fully Integrated Managed Care (FIMC)) to eight additional Regional Service Areas (RSAs) and add an additional managed care organization to the Southwest RSA. It will also add one county to the Southwest RSA and one county to the North Central RSA.

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Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers

This week, our In Focus, written by HMA Principals Nora Leibowitz and Donna Laverdiere, reviews Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers.

What Are Section 1332 Waivers and How Can They Be Used?

Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act allows states to apply for State Innovation Waivers to pursue innovative ways of offering high-quality, affordable health coverage to state residents. This authority allows states to seek waivers of provisions related to these elements of the Affordable Care Act:

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How Interagency, Cross-Sector Collaboration Can Improve Care for CSHCN: Lessons from Six State Initiatives

Families and care providers know that children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) are best served through a coordinated approach across the myriad programs, agencies, and levels of government that touch them. However, states face structural, operational, financial, regulatory, and cultural challenges to breaking down traditional silos to achieve interagency, cross-sector collaboration.

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CMS Renews Healthy Indiana Plan Through 2021

HMA Medicaid Market Solutions helped the State of Indiana secure approval for an extension of its Medicaid Section 1115 Waiver, the Healthy Indiana Plan. Below is a summary of what the renewal entails. 

On February 1, 2018, Indiana received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue its long-standing Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) with a three-year renewal. This CMS approval maintains the core of the HIP program and incorporates additional features, including expansion of the current Gateway to Work initiative to add required community engagement for non-exempt HIP members beginning in 2019. Also new is a substance use disorder component that will be available to all Indiana Medicaid members, including those enrolled in HIP.

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Health Management Associates Acquires California Firm Care Integration Partners

Today, Jay Rosen, founder and president of Health Management Associates (HMA), announced the acquisition of California healthcare consulting firm Care Integration Partners (CIP).

Formerly known as Jen Clancy Consulting, CIP specializes in advancing the integration of behavioral health and primary care by working directly with health plans.

“For over a decade HMA has been helping clients to integrate behavioral health and primary care, and transform how practices function,” said Rosen. “CIP’s unique approach nicely complements our experience and expertise in these areas.”

CIP’s work has focused on achieving the Quadruple Aim of better population health outcomes, improved experience for patients, improved experience for healthcare teams, and reduced healthcare costs for individuals with complex behavioral health and medical conditions. HMA has worked closely with CIP and client Inland Empire Health Plan for over two years with impressive preliminary results.

“When it comes to helping clients develop and implement innovations to integrate behavioral health and primary care, HMA leads the way,” said Jennifer Clancy, CIP founder. “I know their experts will continue producing cutting edge practice transformation work and advance efforts to achieve the Quadruple Aim as CIP has worked so diligently to do.”

In addition to further broadening HMA’s nationally recognized care integration and practice transformation expertise, the acquisition of CIP also expands the firm’s reach along the West Coast, where it has five offices, three in California.

Founded in 1985, HMA is an independent, national research and consulting firm specializing in publicly funded healthcare reform, policy, programs, and financing. Clients include government, public and private providers, health systems, health plans, institutional investors, foundations and associations. With 21 offices and nearly 200 multidisciplinary consultants coast to coast, HMA’s expertise, services, and team is always within client reach.

Texas Receives 1115 Waiver Renewal

This week, our In Focus section reviews Texas’ 1115 Medicaid waiver renewal. After more than a year of negotiations, on December 21st the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) received CMS approval to extend the state’s 1115 waiver.[1] The Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program waiver was initially approved by CMS as a five-year demonstration waiver that began December 2011 and ended September 2016 and included $29 billion in funding.  The waiver authorized the expansion of Medicaid managed care while preserving federal hospital funding historically received as supplemental payments. The waiver created two new funding pools:  the Uncompensated Care (UC) payment pool and the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) pool.

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Kentucky Becomes First State to Enact Community Engagement & Employment Requirements for Medicaid Members

This article was written by Senior Consultants Amanda Schipp and Lora Saunders of HMA Medicaid Market Solutions (HMA MMS). HMA MMS helped the Commonwealth of Kentucky secure a groundbreaking Medicaid Section 1115 Waiver. Below is a summary of what the waiver entails.

On January 12, 2018, Kentucky’s section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waiver was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The demonstration includes two significant components: an expansion of substance use disorder (SUD) services, including a waiver of the Institution for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion, and the creation of a new Medicaid program for able-bodied adults, known as Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health). The demonstration contains several groundbreaking policies never previously approved by CMS, most notably, a requirement for non-exempt Medicaid enrollees to work or participate in approved work-related activities, such as education, training, or volunteering as a condition of Medicaid eligibility. This approval paves the way for the nine other states that also have pending waivers requesting similar work requirements.[1]

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CMS approves Kentucky Medicaid Waiver

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the “Kentucky Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health” 1115 Medicaid Waiver, a five-year waiver that includes a “community engagement” or work requirement as a condition of eligibility for non-disabled adult Medicaid beneficiaries ages 19-64.

The decision from CMS represents the first approval of a Medicaid waiver that includes a work requirement as a condition of eligibility. Kentucky developed the waiver in collaboration with HMA Medicaid Market Solutions (HMA MMS).

Kentucky defines “community engagement activities” as 80 hours per month of employment, education, job skills training, and community service. Exempted groups include pregnant women, the medically frail, and full-time students. The waiver also includes “consumer-driven tools” that provide incentives for healthy behavior.

Come back to the HMA blog Monday to read more about Kentucky HEALTH.

Read the full text of the press release issued by the Kentucky Governor’s Office here.

Read the Kentucky HEALTH Demonstration Approval here.

Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment Update – Q4 2017

This week, our In Focus section reviews recent Medicaid enrollment trends in capitated, risk-based managed care in 27 states.[1] Many state Medicaid agencies post monthly enrollment figures by health plan for their Medicaid managed care population to their websites. This data allows for the timeliest analysis of enrollment trends across states and managed care organizations. Nearly all 27 states highlighted in this review have released monthly Medicaid managed care enrollment data into the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2017. This report reflects the most recent data posted. HMA has made the following observations related to the enrollment data shown on Table 1 (below):

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Highlights from NASBO Fall 2017 Fiscal Survey of States

This week, our In Focus section highlights some of the key findings of the Fiscal Survey of the States Fall 2017, released this month by the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO). The association conducted surveys of state budget officers in all 50 states from August through November 2017. The findings in the report focus on the key determinants of state fiscal health, highlighting data and state-by-state budget actions by area of spending. Below we summarize the major takeaway points from the report, as well as highlight key findings on Medicaid-specific and other health care budget items.

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