The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021 as a signature effort to assist in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic downturn. Included as part of the sweeping legislation is a program to fully subsidize COBRA coverage for six months starting in April of 2021. This expert perspective provides a short overview of COBRA and mini-COBRA, the major elements of the ARPA COBRA Assistance program, and considerations for state policymakers related to the program.
Webinar: Advancing Delivery and Payment Reform in Managed Care Provider Networks
Center for Health Care Strategies
States purchase health care benefits for more than a third of all Americans. State health care purchasers are increasingly interested in using this purchasing power to shift toward value-based purchasing (VBP) strategies that reward providers for value or outcomes as a means of improving care, improving health and reducing overall costs. Because managed care plans oversee health care services for most Medicaid beneficiaries, public employees, and those getting coverage through the marketplaces, health plans are key channels through which state purchasers can accelerate VBP at the provider level.
This webinar examines how states are currently advancing payment reform in their managed care provider networks by moving away from fee-for-service (FFS) and identifies key considerations for states interested in implementing VBP strategies in this environment. Representatives from Arizona and Tennessee share ground-level experiences in adopting VBP strategies in their Medicaid managed care programs. The webinar draws from a series of resources developed for SHVS by the Center for Health Care Strategies to help state purchasers design and implement VBP strategies within managed care.
Access a recording of the presentation here, or download the slides at the link below.