As states are working diligently to operationalize the unwinding of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement, State Health and Value Strategies has been tracking the creative strategies states are implementing to minimize coverage losses. This expert perspective highlights all the hard work states are engaged in and spotlights innovative strategies other states may want to consider adopting. SHVS will continue to track and share state efforts to support coverage through the unwinding period. If your state is implementing a new effort to reach enrollees, or if you have questions about how you can implement an example included in this EP, please be in touch.
Individual and Family Engagement in the Medicaid Population: Emerging Best Practices and Recommendations
Mary M. Minniti, Marie R. Abraham, and Beverley H. Johnson, The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care
In this issue brief, The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC) outlines action-oriented recommendations and strategies to support enhanced individual and family engagement efforts in Medicaid. Engagement, broadly defined, is an active partnership among individuals, families, health care clinicians, staff, and leaders to improve the health of individuals and communities, and to improve the delivery of health care. Collaborative individual and family engagement is an important strategy for developing a patient- and family-centered system of care. Research shows that engaged individuals and families actively working with their health care teams have better outcomes, often choose less expensive options when participating in shared decision-making, and express greater satisfaction with their health care experiences.