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On Thursday, June 29, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar highlighting the recently published State Health Equity Measure Set, which introduces a curated set of existing health equity measures in areas where consumers experience disparate outcomes. States can use the Measure Set to assess how their performance on the measures varies by race and ethnicity and compare it to the performance of other states. The webinar was facilitated by experts from Bailit Health and included a question and answer session with state representatives from the advisory group that informed the development of the measure set.

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Date Created: Jun 29, 2023


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On Monday, June 12, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar that focused specifically on key reforms that CMS has proposed for Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) included in the “Access Proposed Rule.” During the third webinar in this three part series, experts from Manatt Health provided an overview of the provisions to enhance access to HCBS, standardize quality measures and reporting requirements, and address longstanding shortages in the direct care workforce. Presenters also highlighted areas where CMS is requesting comment (due July 3, 2023) and reviewed considerations for state officials.

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Date Created: Jun 12, 2023


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On Friday, May 26, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar that provided an overview of CMS’ recently released proposed rules: (1) “Managed Care Access, Finance, and Quality” (or the “Managed Care Proposed Rule”), which focuses on managed care delivery systems; and (2) “Ensuring Access to Medicaid Services” (or the “Access Proposed Rule”), which focuses on fee-for-service delivery systems and program improvements for home and community-based services across delivery systems. During the second webinar in this three-part series, experts from Manatt Health focused exclusively on key provisions in the “Managed Care” proposed rule related to coverage, financing, payment, and quality. Presenters highlighted areas where CMS is requesting comment (due July 3, 2023) and reviewed considerations for state officials.

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Date Created: May 26, 2023


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On Tuesday, May 23, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar providing an overview of CMS’ recently released proposed rules: (1) “Managed Care Access, Finance, and Quality” (or the “Managed Care Proposed Rule”), which focuses on managed care delivery systems; and (2) “Ensuring Access to Medicaid Services” (or the “Access Proposed Rule”), which focuses on fee-for-service delivery systems and program improvements for home and community-based services across delivery systems. During the first webinar in this three-part series, experts from Manatt Health provided an overview of the access to care and access monitoring proposals included in both rules. Presenters highlighted areas where CMS is requesting comment (due July 3, 2023) and reviewed considerations for state officials.

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Date Created: May 23, 2023


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On Tuesday, May 2, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar that provided an overview of CMS’ guidance that outlines the opportunity for states to waive the inmate exclusion and receive federal financial participation for expenditures for certain pre-release healthcare services provided to individuals who are incarcerated and otherwise eligible for Medicaid. The webinar built on the recently published expert perspective, CMS Issues Guidance on Section 1115 Demonstration Opportunity to Support Reentry for Justice-Involved Populations.

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Date Created: May 2, 2023


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On Thursday, March 23, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar that reviewed the recent adoption of statewide health equity data standards for the collection of self-reported patient demographic information by provider organizations, Medicaid and commercial insurers in Massachusetts. During the webinar, experts from MassHealth (Massachusetts Medicaid) and Bailit Health reviewed the adopted standards as well as a complementary framework for introducing accountability for advancing health equity into value-based contracting. Panelists also described how Massachusetts engaged a wide array of stakeholders in the development process and the plan for dissemination and adoption.

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Date Created: Mar 23, 2023


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On Tuesday, February 28, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar that explored how states can implement community engagement strategies that amplify community voices, engage program enrollees, and translate engagement into more effective and equitable health initiatives. Community engagement is a critical component in advancing health equity as it enables trust and respect, improves barriers to health, and allows for efficacy by ensuring programs utilize experiences from the communities they impact. State reactors also highlighted recent Medicaid community engagement efforts.

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Date Created: Feb 28, 2023


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On Wednesday, February 8, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar during which experts from Manatt Health reviewed CMS’ recently released State Health Official (SHO) letter related to “unwinding” the Medicaid continuous coverage guarantee, based on provisions included in section 5131 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (CAA). The webinar reviewed the additional detail and operational expectations of states during the unwinding of Medicaid continuous coverage as laid out in the SHO letter, and discussed key considerations for state policymakers.

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Date Created: Feb 8, 2023


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On Thursday, January 26 State Health and Value Strategies co-hosted a webinar with the Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network (SIREN) at the University of California San Francisco on the new social care quality measures that will launch from many federal and some state agencies. The measures target a range of payer and delivery system reporting entities. They include requirements around social risk screening and, in some cases, social care interventions. The marked variation across these initiatives highlights a key question: How do we define and measure high quality social care?   

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Date Created: Jan 26, 2023


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On Wednesday, January 11 State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, an omnibus funding package that includes government appropriations through September 30, 2023 as well as a number of health policy provisions. Included in the package is a date certain for the expiration of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement, a gradual phase down of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act enhanced federal match rate, and new guardrails to protect against inappropriate coverage loss and smooth coverage transitions. During the webinar, experts from Manatt Health and GMMB provided an overview of the unwinding provisions in the legislation, building on our recent expert perspective, Unwinding Provisions in the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act. Presenters discussed open questions and key considerations for state policymakers as they head into the final stretch of planning for the transition back to regular eligibility and enrollment operations.

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Date Created: Jan 11, 2023