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Humanizing Work Requirements For Safety Net Programs, Mary Leto Pareja Sep 2019

Humanizing Work Requirements For Safety Net Programs, Mary Leto Pareja

Faculty Scholarship

This Article explores the political and policy appeal of work requirements for public benefit programs and concludes that inclusion of such requirements can be a reasonable design choice, but not in their current form. This Article’s proposals attempt to humanize these highly controversial work requirements while acknowledging the equity concerns they are designed to address. Drawing on expansive definitions of “work” found in guidance published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”) and in various state waiver applications, this Article proposes that work requirements be approved for Medicaid (as well as other benefit programs) only if they encompass ...


Deciphering State Medicaid Programs, Rachel Gershon Jan 2019

Deciphering State Medicaid Programs, Rachel Gershon

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

State Medicaid programs vary substantially from one another. For members, researchers, policymakers, and advocates trying to decipher a state’s Medicaid program, this variation can be a source of frustration, because the details of this variation can be hard to locate.


The Shadows Of Life: Medicaid's Failure Of Health Care's Moral Test, Barak D. Richman, Kushal T. Kadakia, Shivani A. Shah Jan 2019

The Shadows Of Life: Medicaid's Failure Of Health Care's Moral Test, Barak D. Richman, Kushal T. Kadakia, Shivani A. Shah

Faculty Scholarship

North Carolina Medicaid covers one-fifth of the state’s population and makes up approximately one-third of the budget. Yet the state has experienced increasing costs and worsening health outcomes over the past decade, while socioeconomic disparities persist among communities. In this article, the authors explore the factors that influence these trends and provide a series of policy lessons to inform the state’s current reform efforts following the recent approval of North Carolina’s Section 1115 waiver by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The authors used health, social, and financial data from the state Department of Health and ...


Better Negotiations Between Payers And Manufacturers In An Effort To Reduce Drug Prices, Mckenzie Taylor Nov 2018

Better Negotiations Between Payers And Manufacturers In An Effort To Reduce Drug Prices, Mckenzie Taylor

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

Mckenzie Taylor continues our monthly conversation on the strategies presented in The Trump Administration Blueprint to Low Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs, discussing the ways new negotiations between payers and manufacturers are helping to reduce drug prices.


Limiting State Flexibility In Drug Pricing, Nicholas Bagley, Rachel E. Sachs Sep 2018

Limiting State Flexibility In Drug Pricing, Nicholas Bagley, Rachel E. Sachs

Articles

Throughout the United States, escalating drug prices are putting immense pressure on state budgets. Several states are looking for ways to push back. Last year, Massachusetts asked the Trump administration for a waiver that would, among other things, allow its Medicaid program to decline to cover costly drugs for which there is limited or inadequate evidence of clinical efficacy. By credibly threatening to exclude such drugs from coverage, Massachusetts hoped to extract price concessions and constrain the fastest-growing part of its Medicaid budget.


Bringing Data Into Focus To Optimize Benefits And Savings For Medicare-Medicaid Members, Jenifer Hartman Aug 2018

Bringing Data Into Focus To Optimize Benefits And Savings For Medicare-Medicaid Members, Jenifer Hartman

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

Dual eligible recipients represent a critical population for state Medicaid programs. To get a better understanding of this unique demographic, MassHealth partnered with UMass Medical School to design data analytics programs around the objective of protecting Medicaid as the payer of last resort.

Over the last three years, these programs achieved over $68 million in new savings by optimizing benefits for dual eligible members. The program also identified and recovered over $21 million in Medicare premium overpayments for Medicaid members with discrepancies in Medicare entitlement and premium charges.

Jenifer Hartman of the Center for Healthcare Financing presented UMass Medical School ...


Managed Long-Term Services And Supports Program Framework: Best Practices, Jessica Carpenter Aug 2018

Managed Long-Term Services And Supports Program Framework: Best Practices, Jessica Carpenter

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

Health plans and accountable care organizations are working with Medicaid programs to transition fee-for-services long-term services and supports (LTSS) to a managed care model known as managed LTSS. With more individuals with disabilities seeking to living in their own homes or in community settings, payers must take proactive steps to ensure individuals receive the right service and in the right setting. This white paper details the actions health plan decision makers should consider while developing a comprehensive managed LTSS program.


Sne-Ptn Attends Cms Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative National Expert Panel 2018, Jay Flanagan Aug 2018

Sne-Ptn Attends Cms Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative National Expert Panel 2018, Jay Flanagan

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

Practice transformation networks from across the country are going public with their successful results on patients and clinical practices. UMass Medical School’s Southern New England Practice Transformation Network (SNE-PTN) was one of the networks sharing its positive outcomes.


The Role Of Clinical Guidelines In A Managed Long Term Services & Supports Framework, Jessica Carpenter, Jill Morrow-Gorton Jun 2018

The Role Of Clinical Guidelines In A Managed Long Term Services & Supports Framework, Jessica Carpenter, Jill Morrow-Gorton

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

This presentation describes the managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) national landscape since 2012 as well as some LTSS utilization trends. A key part of the presentation is our MLTSS best practice framework and the role of LTSS clinical guidelines in that framework. The presentation includes a case study.

Experts from Disability Community Services and the Office of Clinical affairs gave the presentation during a webinar hosted by the Association for Community Affiliated Plans.


Reform At Risk — Mandating Participation In Alternative Payment Plans, Scott Levy, Nicholas Bagley, Rahul Rajkumar May 2018

Reform At Risk — Mandating Participation In Alternative Payment Plans, Scott Levy, Nicholas Bagley, Rahul Rajkumar

Articles

In an ambitious effort to slow the growth of health care costs, the Affordable Care Act created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and armed it with broad authority to test new approaches to reimbursement for health care (payment models) and delivery-system reforms. CMMI was meant to be the government’s innovation laboratory for health care: an entity with the independence to break with past practices and the power to experiment with bold new approaches. Over the past year, however, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has quietly hobbled CMMI, imperiling its ability to generate meaningful ...


Pasrr: A Unique Gateway To Community Services, Jessica Carpenter Apr 2018

Pasrr: A Unique Gateway To Community Services, Jessica Carpenter

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 required state Medicaid programs to implement a Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) process, which required every person entering or residing in a Medicaid funded or certified long-term care nursing facility be screened for evidence of serious mental illness, and/or intellectual disability, developmental disability or related conditions, such as autism and cerebral palsy. The PASRR review confirms those individuals with a PASRR-related diagnosis and determines the least restrictive environment to meet their needs, and identifies disability focused services to promote the individuals’ highest level of function and independence.


Skilled Nursing Facilities: Too Many Beds, Rebecca Laes-Kushner Mar 2018

Skilled Nursing Facilities: Too Many Beds, Rebecca Laes-Kushner

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

More than 15,500 skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) provide care to more than 1.35 million people in the United States who need assistance with their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), including going to the toilet, getting out of bed, getting dressed, feeding themselves, and showering, or who have cognitive difficulties, such as from dementia. Nationally, SNF use has declined as people live longer and choose home and community-based services (HCBS) over institutional care. From 2004 to 2014, the percentage of people age 65 and older in nursing homes dropped from 3.6% to 2.5%, a decrease of 24 ...


Are Medicaid Work Requirements Legal?, Nicholas Bagley Mar 2018

Are Medicaid Work Requirements Legal?, Nicholas Bagley

Articles

On January 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a waiver allowing Kentucky to impose a work requirement on some nondisabled Medicaid beneficiaries. Similar waivers are sure to follow. Supporters see work requirements as a spur to force the idle poor to work; opponents see the requirements as a covert means of withholding medical care from vulnerable people. Setting the policy debate aside, however, are work requirements legal?


Impact Of A Pilot Outreach Program Upon Provider Awareness And Prescribing Of A Concerning Opioid Combination Regimen, Briana Santaniello, Thomas C. Pomfret, Mark A. Tesell, Nicole M. Trask, Caroline J. Alper, Karen M. Clements, Vincent Palumbo, Kimberly Lenz, Paul L. Jeffrey Feb 2018

Impact Of A Pilot Outreach Program Upon Provider Awareness And Prescribing Of A Concerning Opioid Combination Regimen, Briana Santaniello, Thomas C. Pomfret, Mark A. Tesell, Nicole M. Trask, Caroline J. Alper, Karen M. Clements, Vincent Palumbo, Kimberly Lenz, Paul L. Jeffrey

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

This pilot program was developed in response to a drug utilization review within a large Medicaid population that revealed some hazardous practices. Co-prescribing of opioids with benzodiazepines, gabapentin, and other stimulants occurred in more than 500 members, putting them at risk for additive central nervous system depression, misuse, abuse, and death from overdose.

The poster presentation outlines the objectives, methods, and results of a telephonic outreach program that addressed these safety concerns. It captures prescriber awareness of the presence and risks of potentially deadly medication combinations among members in their care, with some intriguing results.

Our experts provide health plans ...


A Medicaid Compromise Expanded Coverage For Hoosiers, But Important Questions Linger, Robert W. Seifert Feb 2018

A Medicaid Compromise Expanded Coverage For Hoosiers, But Important Questions Linger, Robert W. Seifert

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

In today’s polarized political environment, it is easy to forget that most policy decisions are not black or white, but rather some indeterminate shade of gray. A case in point is Indiana’s Medicaid waiver, which the federal government just approved for a three-year extension.


Biting The Hands That Feed “The Alligators”: A Case Study In Morbid Obesity Extremes, End-Of-Life Care, And Prohibitions On Harming And Accelerating The End Of Life, Michael J. Malinowski Jan 2018

Biting The Hands That Feed “The Alligators”: A Case Study In Morbid Obesity Extremes, End-Of-Life Care, And Prohibitions On Harming And Accelerating The End Of Life, Michael J. Malinowski

Journal Articles

Obesity, recognized as a disease in the U.S. and at times as a terminal illness due to associated medical complications, is an American epidemic according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), American Heart Association (“AHA”), and other authorities. More than one third of Americans (39.8% of adults and 18.5% of children) are medically obese. This article focuses on cases of “extreme morbid obesity” (“EMO”)—situations in which death is imminent without aggressive medical interventions, and bariatric surgery is the only treatment option with a realistic possibility of success. Bariatric surgeries themselves are very high ...


Independence Is The New Health, Laura D. Hermer Jan 2018

Independence Is The New Health, Laura D. Hermer

Faculty Scholarship

Medicaid plays key roles in supporting our nation’s health. Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid took an even more central position in public health endeavors by extending coverage in all interested states to millions of adults who typically fell through the health care cracks. Nevertheless, the Trump administration is now undoing these gains by actively encouraging states to curtail access to Medicaid in key respects while using the rhetoric of health.

This article examines Trump administration efforts in two contexts: (1) state § 1115 waiver applications seeking to better align their Medicaid programs with cash welfare and food stamp programs ...


Small Change, Big Consequences — Partial Medicaid Expansions Under The Aca, Adrianna Mcintyre, Allan M. Joseph, Nicholas Bagley Sep 2017

Small Change, Big Consequences — Partial Medicaid Expansions Under The Aca, Adrianna Mcintyre, Allan M. Joseph, Nicholas Bagley

Articles

Though congressional efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) seem to have stalled, the Trump administration retains broad executive authority to reshape the health care landscape. Perhaps the most consequential choices that the administration will make pertain to Medicaid, which today covers more than 1 in 5 Americans. Much has been made of proposals to introduce work requirements or cost sharing to the program. But another decision of arguably greater long-term significance has been overlooked: whether to allow “partial expansions” pursuant to a state Medicaid waiver. Arkansas has already submitted a waiver request for a partial expansion ...


Integrating Third Party Liability (Tpl) Across Medicaid Operations And Enterprise Systems In Massachusetts, Jenifer Hartman Aug 2017

Integrating Third Party Liability (Tpl) Across Medicaid Operations And Enterprise Systems In Massachusetts, Jenifer Hartman

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

This poster highlights the results of a UMass Medical School partnership with MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, to integrate third party liability (TPL) activities across all aspects of the Medicaid program. By embedding TPL at all stages of Medicaid operations and interfacing with all Medicaid systems, the partners optimized identification of and access to TPL sources for all Medicaid members.

The TPL activities include eligibility coordination, coverage coordination, payment coordination and recovery coordination. The partnership has achieved over $40 million in cost avoidance through the identification of missed Medicare benefits, over $64 million in cost avoidance over enhanced coordination of ...


Covering The Care: Health Insurance Coverage In New Hampshire, Jo Porter, Lucy Hodder Jun 2017

Covering The Care: Health Insurance Coverage In New Hampshire, Jo Porter, Lucy Hodder

Law Faculty Scholarship

the first in a series of data and policy briefs that seek to inform the current conversations about health reform happening across the state. The first brief uses data from the American Community Survey to provide information about the health insurance coverage landscape in NH.


N.C. Medicaid Reform: A Bipartisan Path Forward, Barak D. Richman, Allison Rice Jan 2017

N.C. Medicaid Reform: A Bipartisan Path Forward, Barak D. Richman, Allison Rice

Faculty Scholarship

The North Carolina Medicaid program currently constitutes 32% of the state budget and provides insurance coverage to 18% of the state’s population. At the same time, 13% of North Carolinians remain uninsured, and even among the insured, significant health disparities persist across income, geography, education, and race.

The Duke University Bass Connections Medicaid Reform project gathered to consider how North Carolina could use its limited Medicaid dollars more effectively to reduce the incidence of poor health, improve access to healthcare, and reduce budgetary pressures on the state’s taxpayers.

This report is submitted to North Carolina’s policymakers and ...


Health Information Equity, Craig Konnoth Jan 2017

Health Information Equity, Craig Konnoth

Articles

In the last few years, numerous Americans’ health information has been collected and used for follow-on, secondary research. This research studies correlations between medical conditions, genetic or behavioral profiles, and treatments, to customize medical care to specific individuals. Recent federal legislation and regulations make it easier to collect and use the data of the low-income, unwell, and elderly for this purpose. This would impose disproportionate security and autonomy burdens on these individuals. Those who are well-off and pay out of pocket could effectively exempt their data from the publicly available information pot. This presents a problem which modern research ethics ...


Southern New England Practice Transformation Network: Thinking Outside The Box Solved Our Enrollment Challenges, David Polakoff Dec 2016

Southern New England Practice Transformation Network: Thinking Outside The Box Solved Our Enrollment Challenges, David Polakoff

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

The strategies used by the Southern New England Practice Transformation Network (SNE-PTN), a collaborative led by UMass Medical School and UConn Health, to enroll more than 5,000 clinicians from a variety of specialties by the end of October 2016. The strategies led SNE-PTN to achieve 186 percent of the year one enrollment target.

SNE-PTN is one of 29 practice transformation networks across the country chosen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to be part of its Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative. This practice transformation program aims to bring together specialty and primary care clinicians to work individually and ...


Best Practices In Care Coordination & Transitions Of Care Communications, Jessica Carpenter Oct 2016

Best Practices In Care Coordination & Transitions Of Care Communications, Jessica Carpenter

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

Learn the strategies required to deliver patient-centric, quality care for individuals with complex care needs. Successful coordination and management requires networking with multiple care providers and linking each intervention to the individual’s overall care.


Complex Care Management Model Design, Jessica Carpenter Oct 2016

Complex Care Management Model Design, Jessica Carpenter

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

The steps to developing Complex Care Management Model Design for state Medicaid programs with a focus on one single point of entry. In this design, long term services and supports are provided in order for individuals to remain in the community.


Community Health Centers And Medicaid Payment Reform: Emerging Lessons From Medicaid Expansion States, Peter Shin, Jessica Sharac, Zoe Barber, Sara J. Rosenbaum Oct 2016

Community Health Centers And Medicaid Payment Reform: Emerging Lessons From Medicaid Expansion States, Peter Shin, Jessica Sharac, Zoe Barber, Sara J. Rosenbaum

Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative

Community health centers represent a major source of primary health care for the nation’s Medicaid beneficiaries. Because the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) payment system is encounter-based, health centers and Medicaid agencies in ACA expansion states are actively pursuing payment reforms that will enable health centers to adopt strategies that can more effectively respond to the considerable and complex health and social needs of people served by health centers, and more efficiently address the surging volume of patient care. In five expansion states whose alternative payment experiments are underway, health centers and Medicaid agencies are testing payment alternatives, such ...


Improving Population Healthcare Through Data Analytics, Visualization, And Reporting Tools, Rick Perro Aug 2016

Improving Population Healthcare Through Data Analytics, Visualization, And Reporting Tools, Rick Perro

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

Policy makers, program planners and health care providers must be able to identify at-risk populations and geographic areas of need, implement programs to effect change, and track and report the results to achieve success in today’s health care environment. Mapping and visualization tools can enhance the use of data to characterize a population’s health and social services needs, target interventions and compare outcomes across different population subgroups. In Massachusetts, visualization and analytic tools are used to manage 1915c Medicaid Waiver programs, track operations, improve efficiency, report quality measures, monitor program integrity and plan for expanded service needs.


A Pathway To Dual Eligible Data Integration: Maximizing Coordination Of Benefits, Services, And Payments Through The Massachusetts Mmis, Jenifer Hartman, Kathleen Melanson Aug 2016

A Pathway To Dual Eligible Data Integration: Maximizing Coordination Of Benefits, Services, And Payments Through The Massachusetts Mmis, Jenifer Hartman, Kathleen Melanson

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

We have partnered with MassHealth, Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, to develop and deploy precision data integration methodologies within the Massachusetts Medicaid Management Information System (MMMIS) to maximize coordination of benefits, services and payments for Medicaid recipients with current or potential dual eligibility for Medicare. Integration strategies and coordination benchmarks are used to ensure accurate Medicaid and Medicare enrollment; fully engage service delivery options (including managed care and integrated care programs); and effectively cost-avoid, reprice, or cost-share to ensure the state’s lowest payment liability.


Implementing Behavioral Health Integration In Primary Care, Joshua P. Twomey, Judith Steinberg, Joan D. Johnston, Amy Leary, Amy Norrman-Harmon, Jean Carlevale Jun 2016

Implementing Behavioral Health Integration In Primary Care, Joshua P. Twomey, Judith Steinberg, Joan D. Johnston, Amy Leary, Amy Norrman-Harmon, Jean Carlevale

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

A detailed review of the teaching assistance (TA) and shared learning (SL) in the area of behavioral health integration UMass Medical School provided to participants of the Primary Care Payment Reform program, an alternative payment pilot developed by the Massachusetts Medicaid program, MassHealth. PCPR was designed to improve access, patient experience, quality and efficiency. As a result of TA and SL, practices reported higher rates on behavioral health quality measures and milestones.


Paving The Way For Practice Success Under Value-Based Payments, Judith Steinberg, Anita Morris, Valerie Konar, Frederick (Rick) Perro, Pam Senesac, David Polakoff Jun 2016

Paving The Way For Practice Success Under Value-Based Payments, Judith Steinberg, Anita Morris, Valerie Konar, Frederick (Rick) Perro, Pam Senesac, David Polakoff

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

A comprehensive look at The Southern New England Practice Transformation Network (SNE-PTN), which supports implementation of person-centered, high quality, efficient, and coordinated care. SNE-PTN is funded under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative.

SNE-PTN is a complex, large-scale care transformation effort that requires a multi-faceted approach and alignment with state and national health care reform efforts. It is important to articulate the value proposition for clinicians.