Briefs & Reports

The ACA’s Impact on Corrections

New opportunities. New challenges. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) serves up both when it comes to correctional health care. The changing landscape in the corrections world will also impact Medicaid health plans and commercial plans sold on State Health Insurance Exchanges. HMA Principal Donna Strugar-Fritsch maps out what implementation of the ACA … Read More

HMA Efforts Helping to Improve Pediatric Care

HMA is proud to be one of several partners to help with Florida’s Change for Kids Initiative, a Pediatric Medical Home Demonstration Project. The project helps practices adopt multiple facets of medical homes, including being family-centered, coordinating care with other providers in the community, using electronic information exchange, and adopting best care models. Sixteen practices … Read More

HMA’s Henneberry Appointed to Bipartisan Commission

Joan Henneberry, a Principal in HMA’s Denver office, has been named to the State Health Care Cost Containment Commission. The goal of the bipartisan Commission is to develop a process and practical policies that states can adopt and implement to hold the growth rate of all health care spending in a state to a growth … Read More

Policy Speakout: What’s next for health reform?

If people were busy with health reform implementation before the election, hold onto your hats. Now that it appears we’ll be “staying the course” with the Affordable Care Act, expect a great deal of activity and planning in 2013.

Medicaid Today; Preparing for Tomorrow – A Look at State Medicaid Program Spending, Enrollment and Policy Trends Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013

The findings in this report are drawn from the 12th consecutive year of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) and Health Management Associates (HMA) budget survey of Medicaid officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This survey reports on trends in Medicaid spending, enrollment and policy initiatives for FY … Read More

Washington Post: Medicaid spending is slowing. Yes, really.

The Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed all states on their Medicaid spending this year. The biggest takeaway might surprise you: Medicaid spending growth hit a “near-record low” in 2012, with similar trends expected in 2013. That’s good news for the federal budget. The entitlement program is growing more slowly than we expected at the start of this fiscal … Read More

Huffington Post: Medicaid Costs Rose At Slowest Rate Since 2006, Report Says

Medicaid spending increased during the 2012 fiscal year at the lowest rate since 2006, as a recovering economy reduced demand for the health care program for the poor and states enacted cost-cutting policies, according to a report issued by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Thursday. Medicaid spending by state and federal governments, which share … Read More

Kaiser Health News: Medicaid Spending Growth Drops As Enrollment Slows

In a sign of the improving national economy, Medicaid spending growth this year slowed to 2 percent as enrollment in the state-federal health insurance program for the poor also slowed for the third consecutive year, according to a report released Thursday. In 2011, Medicaid spending soared by nearly 10 percent, which helped put the entitlement program … Read More

‘Key Lessons from Hospitals with Low Readmissions’ in Readmissions News

This article presents key lessons from an HMA study of hospitals that achieved exceptionally low readmission rates. Despite a growing knowledge base about how to reduce readmissions, there remains a great deal of variability in readmission rates across hospitals. This summary article is based on a longer report and case studies that identify clinical and … Read More