Doing the Right Thing: A Model Medicaid ACO in Minneapolis

A new report from The Commonwealth Fund demonstrates how Hennepin Health, a Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in Minneapolis, Minn. is breaking new ground in creating partnerships to address the range of health and social needs of the most at-risk...

Long-Awaited Evaluation of Mass Duals Demo is Out!

Back in 2013, Massachusetts became the first state to use a full managed care approach under the CMS-sponsored Financial Alignment Demonstration. This demonstration, known as One Care, serves people with disabilities ages 21-64 who have both Medicare and Medicaid and...

Ten Years in the Making: PACE Gets Some Welcome Attention

Today, Community Catalyst’s Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation submitted comments on the proposed regulations updating the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model. The regulations proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) represent...

Four Burning Questions and Tentative Answers About CMS’ Quality Payment Program

It’s here: the final rule for CMS’ Quality Payment Program (QPP/MACRA) has been released! You dug through 900+ pages, added new acronyms to your vocabulary, submitted comments, and, at the end of a long campaign, have another 2400+ pages to...

Consumers: The Indispensable North Star for Medicaid ACOs

Last week, the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst published a report, Consumer Engagement in Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations: A Review of Practices in Six States.

An Opening for Consumers to Get a Seat at the Table on Health System Transformation

Over the last year, I have had the opportunity to serve on behalf of Community Catalyst on the Health Care Transformation Task Force - a consortium of patients, payers, providers and purchasers...

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: Pathway to Better Health Outcomes

Even with health care coverage, Medicaid beneficiaries still find themselves facing numerous barriers to accessing the care they need and achieving better health outcomes. One barrier that continues to cause serious access problems is transportation.

Eldercare Voices: A New Initiative to Diffuse Geriatric Expertise Throughout the Health Care Workforce

Elizabeth (Libbie) Bragg, PhD, RN Between 2011 and 2029, ten thousand Americans will be turning 65 every day. By 2030, when all the Baby Boomers will have reached that age, the cohort of Americans 65-and-over will have increased from 40 million...

Massachusetts Advocates Roll Up Their Sleeves to Improve Medicaid Reform

Massachusetts, always a leader in health reform, is on the move again. Last month, the state released a draft plan to shift its Medicaid program, MassHealth, from a fee-for-service model to one that relies on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Under...
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