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What Are Hospital Community Benefits?

This fact sheet explains hospital community benefits—initiatives and activities undertaken by nonprofit hospitals to improve health in the communities they serve—in the context of the federal framework as well as the state and local framework.

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Innovative Solutions for State Medicaid Programs to Leverage Their Data, Build Their Analytic Capacity, and Create Evidence-Based Policy

As states have embraced additional flexibility to change coverage of and payment for Medicaid services, they have also faced heightened expectations for delivering high-value care. Efforts to meet these new expectations have increased the need for rigorous, evidence-based policy, but states may face challenges finding the resources, capacity, and expertise to meet this need. By describing state-university partnerships in more than 20 states, this commentary describes innovative solutions for states that want to leverage their own data, build their analytic capacity, and create evidence-based policy. From an integrated web-based system to improve long-term care to evaluating the impact of permanent supportive housing placements on Medicaid utilization and spending, these state partnerships provide significant support to their state Medicaid programs. In 2017, these partnerships came together to create a distributed research network that supports multi-state analyses. The Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN) uses a common data model to examine Medicaid data across states, thereby increasing the analytic rigor of policy evaluations in Medicaid, and contributing to the development of a fully functioning Medicaid innovation laboratory. Hilltop Executive Director Cynthia Woodcock and Senior Policy Analyst Shamis Mohamoud contributed to this article published in eGEMs.

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Evaluation of the HealthChoice Program: CY 2013 to CY 2017

In 1997, HealthChoice—Maryland’s statewide mandatory Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program managed care program—became operational as a waiver of standard federal Medicaid rules, under authority of §1115 of the Social Security Act. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved subsequent waiver renewals in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. The Maryland Department of Health continually monitors HealthChoice performance on a variety of measures across the demonstration’s goals, culminating in an annual evaluation. This report—the 2019 annual evaluation—includes data from calendar year (CY) 2013 through CY 2017.

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