State Health and Value Strategies, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is pleased to publish the second in our series of webinars for state officials on achieving population health goals.
State Strategies: Medicaid Value-Based Payment for LTSS– A Webinar for States was held on Tuesday May 16.
Driven to improve care coordination and contain costs, an increasing number of states are implementing risk-based managed care programs for the delivery of long-term services and supports (LTSS). State attention to LTSS focuses on seniors and individuals with disabilities who often have diverse, costly and complex care needs that require a range of LTSS. The webinar, which is based on a recent brief, included the following:
– Minnesota’s Gretchen Ulbee, Manager of Special Needs Purchasing, Health Care Administration at Minnesota’s Department of Human Services, will discuss the LTSS and behavioral health measure set for its value-based payment initiative.
– Virginia’s Seon Rockwell, Director of Innovation and Strategy, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, will describe her state’s recent managed LTSS procurement and contracting process as it relates to encouraging the growth of value-based payment initiatives.
Bailit Health’s Erin Taylor will facilitate the webinar and review levers that states can use to create more accountability for the quality and cost of LTSS.
This event is the second in a three-part series of technical assistance Webinars hosted by State Health and Value Strategies and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The series explores timely issues facing state health care leaders and features actionable information on what states can do.
– To access materials related to the first webinar in the series, “Shared Accountability Across Health and Non-Health Sectors: Opportunities to Improve Population Health,” click here.
As the United States enters its seventh month of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, available data show distribution efforts have not produced equitable outcomes. This expert perspective details how state leaders can use administrative, policy, and funding levers to support community partners in improving access points, addressing structural barriers to vaccination, and establishing rapid data collection and evaluation efforts for equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution solutions.
With the passage of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), more people than ever before are eligible for financial help to pay for a health insurance plan. Estimates are that on average, 4 out of 5 customers can now find a health plan for less than $10 a month—a remarkable step to provide more affordable coverage, for more Americans. To promote these significant savings, Marketplaces are launching integrated and innovative outreach campaigns—including tapping into existing public health and COVID-19 vaccination efforts—to reach residents with this important information and get them enrolled. As vaccine distribution is increasingly going local, state marketplaces are tapping into trusted partners like local community centers, faith groups, and small businesses as well as coordinating with state and federal agencies to combine education and outreach to drive enrollment. As Marketplaces look for ways to ensure equitable outreach and enrollment, especially as our nation recovers from COVID-19, this expert perspective highlights a range of communications and outreach strategies to align with vaccine education and distribution.
The rollout of vaccines designed to end the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has begun in earnest across the United States. Currently, each state is responsible for determining how to allocate, distribute, track, and report its vaccine allotment from the federal government, although the federal government is expected to take on a larger role under a new Biden administration. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Black, Indigenous, and other people of color have been disproportionately impacted by both higher risks of infection and poorer health outcomes, and many are concerned that an inequitable or inefficient distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine may further widen health inequities among these populations. One way to help ensure the equitable administration of COVID-19 vaccine is to track vaccine administration disaggregated for key subpopulations, such as gender, race and ethnicity, and geography (e.g., urban vs. rural). This expert perspective reviews the data states are currently publicly reporting related to vaccine administration and provides an interactive map that explores the extent to which all 50 states are reporting vaccine administration data breakdowns by age, gender, race, ethnicity, provider type, and level of geography. The expert perspective also discusses what current data sources states are using to provide this information and provides an overview of options states can consider to collect information about the administration of COVID-19 vaccine in populations via survey data.