Medicaid Snapshot for July

NAMD has complied the first in a series of updates called the “State Medicaid Snapshot: Affordable Care Act Implementation.”  This summary delineates the progress and current status of a representative cross-section of states—describing efforts to implement the Medicaid program changes called for in the ACA.  It portrays the experience of states in critical systems and […]

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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 released the second in its Working Paper Series, “Advancing Medicare and Medicaid Integration.” This paper builds on NAMD’s first paper on this topic. This is the second in NAMD’s Working Paper Series titled, “Advancing Medicare and Medicaid Integration.” NAMD’s October 2011 working paper presented the overarching policy and operational challenges Medicaid Directors experience when […]

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On March 23, 2012, CMS published in the Federal Register a final rule, “Medicaid Program; Eligibility Changes under the Affordable Care Act of 2010.” The National Association of Medicaid Directors released a public memo providing a high level summary of some of the key changes from the proposed rule from the perspective of Medicaid Directors. […]

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Preliminary Projections of FY 2014 FMAPs

The Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP), the share of each state’s Medicaid costs borne by the federal government, is recalculated each year. Preliminary projections of federal fiscal year (FY) 2014 FMAPs show a continuation of the recent pattern in which substantially more states experience reductions than increases. About 30 states are projected to experience a […]

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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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