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:

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

AcademyHealth, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) with technical assistance support from The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition are working with state health officials to increase immunization rates through collaborative use of state agency resources.

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.

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.

Leveraging State Data for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research to Improve Maternal Health:

With support from the HHS’ Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, AcademyHealth’s Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute and NORC are exploring state-level approaches to improve maternal health outcomes. This project strives to better understand state-based initiatives focused on improving maternal health outcomes, the data capacity required, and existing gaps therein to conduct such efforts, including patient-centered outcomes research on maternal health.

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