Briefs & Reports

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.

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

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

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

‘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

Delivery of Very Low Birth Weight Infants Georgia: Improving Performance

The Georgia OBGyn Society contracted with Health Management Associates (HMA) to conduct an analysis of factors contributing to the state’s low performance on the national maternal-child health measure related to very low birth weight infants (VLBW, defined as < 1,500 gm) and their delivery hospital within the state’s Regional Perinatal System (RPS). The RPS designates … Read More

Politics, budgets and reform pummel state Medicaid programs

State Medicaid directors are caught in the vice grip of competing interests driven by the looming election, lean state budgets, uncertainty about expansion caused by the Supreme Court health reform decision and the threat that Congress will cut the health program to help balance the federal budget. At the same time, Medicaid directors have an … Read More

Governance of Accountable Care

As the nation moves in the direction of reorganizing how health care services are delivered and paid for, new structures will need to be developed to ensure coordination, lack of duplication, and incentives for best practices.  This document addresses some elements of organization and governance that are critical to multi-provider, population-focused delivery models.

Making the Connection: The Role of Community Health Workers in Health Homes

The development of health homes creates a unique opportunity to develop and implement care management models that meet the complex needs of high-need and high-cost patients. Incorporating community health workers (CHWs) into care management teams is an effective—and cost-effective—approach to achieving the goals of health homes. The roles and tasks CHWs perform already align well with the six core … Read More