Substance Use Disorder continues to be a focus of waiver activity in the states as research provides insights on what’s working and what’s not in Medicaid innovation. Meanwhile, work requirement policies are being both suspended and increased across various states.
States Experiment with Cross State Comparison to Evaluate Medicaid Waivers for Substance Use Disorder Services
Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia employed several innovative evaluation strategies to conduct cross-state comparisons for insights around both the impact and implementation of 1115 waivers.
AcademyHealth awarded one of its 2019 Health Services Research (HSR) Impact Award to a body of work that extends far beyond standard evaluation to provide empirical guidance on many issues from risk adjustment to unintended impacts to importance of participation.
Despite Stable Individual Health Insurance Markets, Accessibility and Affordability Challenges Remain
Summarizing expert discussion at a September 2019 meeting, this brief highlights the current state-of-the-research on the individual health insurance market, such as trends in market stability and what policies are working to make individual coverage more accessible and affordable.
Results from an AcademyHealth investigation highlight four shared Medicaid policy priorities across 22 states: substance use disorder, behavioral health integration, maternal mortality, and social determinants of health.
The University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Kaiser Family Foundation leveraged the AcademyHealth’s Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network to profile the epidemic in six states along several measures not available in public data.
As part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-funded project Research Insights, managed by AcademyHealth, this webinar identified the effects of a range of federal and state levers intended to strengthen the individual health insurance market’s infrastructure.
As Opioid Crisis Continues, New Report Points to State Options for Medicaid Coverage of Inpatient Behavioral Health Services
Recent AcademyHealth webinar presenter MaryBeth Musumeci and colleague Priya Chidambaram highlight findings from a recent Kaiser Family Foundation report on patterns of Medicaid enrollee use of substance use disorder services and state waiver activity aimed at expanding services.
States Leverage Medicaid Waivers to Combat Health Challenges, Pilot Funding Approaches and Work Requirements
AcademyHealth reviews recent developments in state Medicaid pilots designed to test innovative alterations to existing Medicaid programs through Section 1115 waivers.
Recent AcademyHealth webinar presenter and behavioral scientist Natoshia Askelson reflects on the evaluation of Iowa’s Healthy Behavior Program 1115 Waiver.