Briefs & Reports

Medicaid and Social Determinants of Health: Adjusting Payment and Measuring Health Outcomes

With the support of State Health and Value Strategies, Ellen Breslin and Anissa Lambertino of Health Management Associates, in partnership with Dennis Heaphy of the Disability Policy Consortium and Tony Dreyfus, prepared a recently released issue brief “Medicaid and Social Determinants of Health: Adjusting Payment and Measuring Health Outcomes.” This brief answers two key questions … Read More

Report Examines State Medicaid Coverage of Perinatal and Maternal Benefits

Medicaid Coverage of Pregnancy and Perinatal Benefits: Results from a State Survey This report, authored by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Management Associates (HMA), analyzes the status of Medicaid benefit policies for perinatal and family planning services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. While inpatient and outpatient hospital care must be covered for pregnant … Read More

Report Shares Lessons as Affordable Housing Providers, MMC Programs Forge Partnerships

A growing body of literature continues to validate the importance of addressing the social and structural determinants of health to improve health outcomes, and promote opportunity and economic mobility. Affordable, service-enriched housing plays a vital role in this work, with a growing momentum to collaborate across the health and housing sectors through lessons learned from … Read More

Medicaid and Health Policy Highlights from Governors’ Proposed Budgets

Governor’s Proposed Budgets for FY 2018: Focus on Medicaid and Other Health Priorities This issue brief, authored by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Management Associates (HMA), analyzes governors’ proposed budgets for state fiscal year (FY) 2018. Despite nearly half of the states facing budget challenges for FY 2018, many governors are recommending enhancements to … Read More

The Case for Relationship-Centered Care and How to Achieve It

American healthcare has entered a period of unprecedented debate regarding our healthcare delivery system. Adjectives such as affordable, accountable, integrated, and coordinated care routinely used to describe healthcare, but in the midst of reorganizing healthcare, have we lost the critical element of healthcare?—namely, “care” itself?  This element of true caring within the healthcare debate is … Read More

Linking Medicaid and Supportive Housing: Opportunities and On-the-Ground Examples

Research suggests that a broad range of social factors affect individual and population health. Indeed, acknowledging the role of social factors in determining health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 report included as one its four overarching goals for the 2010-2020 decade: “Create social and physical environments that promote good … Read More

Annual Survey Finds Slower Growth in Total Medicaid Spending Nationally

Implementing Coverage and Payment Initiatives: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 Growth in Medicaid enrollment and total Medicaid spending nationally slowed significantly in fiscal year 2016, and it looks like a continued slowdown will occur in fiscal year 2017. This is just one finding in the 16th … Read More

Report Evaluates Uncompensated Care and Medicaid Payments in Texas Hospitals

HMA was engaged by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to perform an independent evaluation of Texas’ Uncompensated Care Pool, as required under the Special Terms and Conditions (STCs) of the State’s Section 1115 waiver, to submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The report was submitted to CMS on August … Read More

The Value of Medicaid Managed Care

In “The Value of Medicaid Managed Care,” HMA authors Lisa Shugarman, Jaimie Bern and Jessica Foster review the literature describing the evolving Medicaid delivery system, focusing specifically on the growth of Medicaid managed care in the form of comprehensive risk-based managed care (RBMC) organizations. The paper, prepared for United HealthCare, also explores the role of … Read More