Briefs & Reports

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

HMA Releases Medicaid Managed Care White Paper

Medicaid Managed Care is the subject of a recently released HMA white paper. 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 … Read More

HMA’s Smith Part of NAMD Panel Reviewing Medicaid at 50

HMA Managing Principal Vern Smith was one of four experts who took part in the plenary panel discussion “Medicaid at 50: Past, Present and Future” at the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) fall conference Tuesday. He was joined by: Thomas Betlach, NAMD President, Arizona Medicaid Director, AHCCCS Deborah Bachrach, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips … Read More

Making Affordable Care Act Coverage a Reality: A National Examination of Provider Network Monitoring Practices by States and Health Plans

This qualitative study examines the standards and practices that state agencies and health plans use to ensure access to care in the period following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Based on evidence gathered through surveys of and interviews with key informants in state agencies and plans, the study explores the standards applied … Read More

Report Examines Provider Network Monitoring Practices

HMA released findings from a qualitative study this week in the report, “Making Affordable Care Act Coverage a Reality: A National Examination of Provider Network Monitoring Practices by States and Health Plans.” The study examined the standards and practices that state agencies and health plans use to ensure access to care in the period following … Read More

A Primer on Medicaid Managed Care Capitation Rates: Understanding How MassHealth Pays MCOs

HMA Senior Consultant Ellen Breslin prepared this recently released primer for the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute. It includes: An explanation of how state Medicaid programs generally pay their managed care organizations (MCOs) The overall process for setting Medicaid managed care capitation rates; and The various tools states use to mitigate the risks that MCOs face … Read More

HMA’s Breslin Authors Primer on Medicaid Managed Care Capitation Rates

HMA Senior Consultant Ellen Breslin prepared the recently released “Primer on Medicaid Managed Care Capitation Rates: Understanding How MassHealth Pays MCOs” for the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute. It includes: An explanation of how state Medicaid programs generally pay their managed care organizations (MCOs) The overall process for setting Medicaid managed care capitation rates; and The … Read More