The Medicaid Medical Directors Network (MMDN) seeks to advance the health of Medicaid beneficiaries by providing a forum for senior clinical leaders to discuss their most pressing needs and share best practices. Managed by AcademyHealth’s Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute, the MMDN conducts multistate projects on pressing topics, hosts yearly convenings, and leverages collective experience to support and advance both state and national work. Research and quality improvement projects span a range of topics relevant to improving care for Medicaid beneficiaries including studies on antipsychotic medication use in children and adolescents, hospital readmissions, and perinatal care. The MMDN focuses on the development and use of evidence-based medicine, measurement and improvement of healthcare quality, and the redesign of health care delivery systems. AcademyHealth assists in this by:

  • Creating and sustaining a vibrant learning community for MMDs and other senior clinical leaders to promote and share best practices for the medical direction of State Medicaid programs through regular conference calls, in-person meetings, and online engagement;
  • Facilitating the exchange of the network’s expertise and experience to federal agencies and national organizations involved in creating policy or implementing programs; and
  • Assisting in the implementation of nationally significant multistate measurement and quality improvement projects, such as cross-state analysis of high-cost, high-need beneficiaries, a MMDN-wide survey of Medicaid’s role in measuring and addressing social determinants of health, and, in collaboration with the State-University Partnership Learning Network (SUPLN), a multistate opioid use disorder treatment evaluation project of the Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN).

MMDs: Access the MMDN members-only website here.


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Sunita Krishnan, M.P.H.

Senior Associate - AcademyHealth

Sunita Krishnan is a Senior Associate at AcademyHealth supporting the Evidence-Informed State Health Policy In... Read Bio

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Logan Sheets

Research Assistant - AcademyHealth

Logan Sheets joined AcademyHealth in June 2019 as a Research Assistant supporting the Evidence-Informed State ... Read Bio