Briefs & Reports


According to MAXIMUS, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) contractor for MIChild enrollment, there were 44,508 children enrolled in the MIChild program as of May 1, 2015. The May enrollment total reflects an increase of 647 from the 43,861 children enrolled as of April 1, 2015. Of the total number of children enrolled, 892 enrollees are … Read More

Medicaid Policies

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued six final and four proposed policies that merit mention. They are available for review on DCH’s website. MSA 15-06 informs Home Help Agency and Individual Providers that the change in policy announced in MSA 14-58, then delayed, will now be implemented effective June 1, 2015. … Read More

CSHCS Children in Medicaid HMOs

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) requires children (and a few adults) receiving services from both the Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) program and the Medicaid program to enroll in Medicaid HMOs. As of May 1, 2015, there were 17,996 joint CSHCS/Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in the Medicaid HMOs – an increase of 373 … Read More

Integrated Care for Dual Eligibles

In previous editions of The Michigan Update we have written about Michigan’s plan to implement an integrated delivery system of health care for adults dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid (duals). The demonstration will last for three years and in four regions of the state. The entire Upper Peninsula is one region; eight counties in … Read More

Webinar Breaks Down Armstrong Ruling and What It Means

HMA Information Services (HMAIS) will present the free webinar, “Implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center: A Real-world Analysis” at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 30. The U.S. Supreme Court last month limited the ability of healthcare providers to file lawsuits against state Medicaid programs over the adequacy of … Read More

Ring’s Blog Post Addresses Culturally Responsive Care

HMA Principal Dr. Jeffrey Ring’s guest blog, “Culturally Responsive Care: Why and How” is currently featured on the website Equity of Care is the national collaborative effort of the America’s Essential Hospitals, American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges and Catholic Health Association of the United States. … Read More

HMA Adds to IT Advisory Services Expertise

HMA is pleased to announce recent additions to our IT Advisory Services team: Stephen DePooter (Chicago) is the former CIO of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS). During his tenure at HFS, Stephen led the development and implementation of a unique Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) partnership between the states of Illinois … Read More

State and Community Considerations for Demonstrating the Cost Effectiveness of AOT Services

Using the data points tracked by seven jurisdictions which have implemented court-mandated assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) for individuals with serious mental illness, HMA (under a consulting contract with the Treatment Advocacy Center) developed guidance for policymakers and other public officials to project the net costs of proposed new AOT programs or to assess the cost … Read More

Webinar to Focus on Culturally Responsive Health Care, CLAS Standards

HMA Information Services (HMAIS) will present the webinar, “Do the Right Thing: Culturally Responsive Health Care and the Federally Mandated CLAS Standards” at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, March 12. The time for culturally responsive health care is now. Not only is it the right thing to do, but key elements are mandated by the federal … Read More