The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) is engaging states in shared learning on how Medicaid directors can drive payment and delivery system innovations. As more states take on an active purchaser role in the health care market, Medicaid directors increasingly face pressure to move toward paying for value rather than volume. States struggle with […]

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Over the past year, NAMD has been working, with support from the Commonwealth Fund, to convene meetings, conduct surveys and interviews with individual states, and collect a growing catalog of “best practices” and innovative state initiatives. NAMD details its results in this paper, which identifies and addresses the major barriers and the most likely pathways […]

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On July 10th, 2012, the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) convened a meeting of state Medicaid directors, leaders from the Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to discuss how states can drive innovation through Medicaid. Participants from eleven states identified a number of areas […]

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The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) is engaging states in shared learning around how Medicaid directors can drive payment and delivery system innovations. Many states are facing ongoing budget challenges that put pressure on Medicaid Directors to find cost savings in their programs wherever they can. To a large extent, states have addressed the […]

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NAMD Submits Letter to HRSA, CMCS

NAMD submitted a letter to Mary Wakefield, Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, and Cindy Mann, Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, that discusses the importance of safety net providers as well as the current process and potential challenges with federally qualified health center (FQHC) affiliation agreements in some situations. […]

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Creating a Climate for Innovation

Runaway health care cost inflation, often poor health care outcomes, and growing rolls in public health care programs, particularly Medicaid, contribute to fiscal pressures and frustration with our nation’s health care system. There is a prevailing desire to reorient the health care system to achieve better care, better health and lower costs. To successfully achieve […]

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NAMD submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed rulemaking entitled, “Medicaid Program: Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services.” Medicaid directors agree that access is an important component of the Medicaid program. However, as described in NAMD’s letter, Medicaid directors are concerned with the potential impact of […]

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NAMD sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting resolution of the federal government’s liability for the cost of medical services for individuals with disabilities, commonly referred to as the Special Disability Workload (SDW) project. Read the full letter here. Read HHS’ response here.

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