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).

AcademyHealth’s Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute engages the MMDN for the following projects:

The Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN):

AcademyHealth’s Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN) is a collaborative effort to analyze data across multiple states to facilitate learning among Medicaid agencies. Participants from AcademyHealth’s State-University Partnership Learning Network (SUPLN) and the Medicaid Medical Director Network (MMDN) developed MODRN to allow states to participate in valuable and timely, multi-state data analyses while retaining their own data and analytic capacity.

Project ACCELERATE (Advancing Care Coordination through Evidence; Leveraging Existing Relationships Around Transforming PracticE):

With a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Eugene Washington Engagement Award, the Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute will bring together stakeholders to distill the latest PCORI-supported findings and identify strategies for dissemination to improve care coordination for children with special health care needs.

Immunization Barriers in the United States: Targeting Medicaid Partnerships through Community of Practice:

AcademyHealth's Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) with technical assistance support from Immunize Colorado are working with state health officials to increase immunization rates through the collaborative use of state agency resources.

Medicaid and CHIP Quality eXchange (MAC QX):

In collaboration with Mathematica, AcademyHealth’s Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute convenes the Medicaid Medical Director Network and the Medicaid and CHIP Quality eXchange to promote quality measurement and improvement in Medicaid and CHIP.

Analyzing Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing in Medicaid Populations:

With support from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, AcademyHealth’s Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute in collaboration with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill assesses syphilis testing among pregnant Medicaid beneficiaries as well as rates of STI testing of state Medicaid beneficiaries on PrEP.


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Amanda Brodt, M.P.P.

Consultant - AcademyHealth

Amanda Brodt, M.P.P., is a consultant with AcademyHealth's Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute, wh... Read Bio

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Sunita Krishnan, M.P.H.

Senior Manager - AcademyHealth

Sunita Krishnan is a Senior Manager at AcademyHealth and manages the day-to-day activities of the Evidence-Inf... Read Bio


Caitlin Otter

Research Assistant - AcademyHealth

Caitlin Otter is a Research Assistant at AcademyHealth, where she supports the Evidence-Informed State Health ... Read Bio