Briefs & Reports

HMA Contributes to CPEHN Report on California’s Mental Health Equity Act

Principal Jeff Ring and Senior Consultant Helena Whitney recently coordinated and facilitated an advisory committee which provided recommendations for the implementation of California’s Mental Health Equity Act (AB 470, 2017). Using the Advisory Committee recommendations, they developed the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) report, “Measuring Mental Health Disparities.” AB 470 was proposed to mandate the … Read More

Report Examines the Models and Issues of Behavioral Heath Crisis Services

In a report prepared for the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, HMA Principal Steve Fitton and Senior Consultant Esther Reagan examine the models and issues of behavioral health crisis services. Many people with behavioral health (mental illness and/or substance use disorder [SUD]) issues are arriving in hospital emergency departments (EDs) and not being well served in that setting. … Read More

HMA Prepares Report Describing Strategies to Increase MAT Prescribing

Senior Consultant Julia Elitzer, Managing Principal Jonathan Freedman, Senior Consultant Mary Russell, and Managing Principal Margaret Tatar recently prepared the report “Strategies to Increase MAT Prescribing,” for the Association of Community Affiliated Plans through a grant from the Open Society Foundations. The report examines how to address opioid use disorder through the promotion of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT … Read More

HMA Contributes MLTSS Research to MACPAC Report

Principal Sarah Barth, Principal Karen Brodsky, Principal Sharon Lewis and Senior Consultant Rachel Patterson and other HMA colleagues contributed research under contract to MACPAC on standards for home and community-based services network adequacy in managed care for long-term services and supports (MLTSS) programs and on tailoring MLTSS programs for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Report Provides Indigent Healthcare Community Investment Analysis for Florida County

In late 2017, the Marion County Hospital District commissioned a study to define the medically indigent, identify the current volume and costs of healthcare for the medically indigent population in Marion County, describe the providers that comprise the health care safety net, summarize the investments made in the health care safety net, outcomes of this … Read More

Four Briefs Examine New Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rules

The federal Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) promulgated regulations in 2014 which established standards for the settings in which Medicaid-reimbursed home and community-based services (HCBS) may be provided (42 C.F.R. § 441.301). These regulations also pertain to the settings in which individuals who receive HCBS may reside, even if the Medicaid HCBS are … Read More

Preliminary Look at Key Healthcare Proposals in 32 States from Governors’ Proposed Budgets for SFY 2019

The preliminary report presents key healthcare proposals from governors’ proposed state budget documents for state fiscal year (SFY) 2019, state-of-the-state speeches, news reports, and other budget-related documents, based on a review of these materials by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Management Associates. Proposed budgets reflect the priorities of the governor and are often blueprints … Read More

Report Examines Emerging Innovations in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports for Family Caregivers

The paper—co-written by the AARP Public Policy Institute and Health Management Associates—highlights examples of how progressive managed care plans are supporting family caregivers who are caring for plan members with LTSS needs. The purpose of this paper is for plan administrators, policymakers, and community-based organizations to learn from one another and ultimately adopt these practices, … Read More