This report describes the services The Hilltop Institute provided to the Maryland Department of Health (the Department) under the Master Agreement between Hilltop and the Department. The report covers fiscal year (FY) 2019 (July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019). Hilltop’s interdisciplinary staff provided a wide range of services, including: Medicaid program development and policy analysis; HealthChoice program support, evaluation, and financial analysis; long-term services and supports program development, policy analysis, and financial analytics; and data management and web-accessible database development.

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Hilltop Senior Policy Analyst Charles Betley, MA, helped organize and participated on a panel titled Tobacco Costs: Present and Future Measurements and Effects at the 2019 Fall Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) held in Denver, Colorado November 7-9, 2019. In his presentation, Betley talked about how policy studies are judged, based on both policymakers’ interests and researchers’ scientific directive. He then discussed the innovative methodology of the study: the use of state Medicaid claims data to estimate the costs of tobacco use to a state Medicaid program. Findings gleaned by this methodology are more timely and accurate than the use of national estimates alone.

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This annual report, written for the UMBC community, provides an overview of key projects and staff accomplishments for FY 2019.

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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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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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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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The Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in Maryland Chart Book, Volume 1, The Autism Waiver is the first in a series that explores service utilization and expenditures for Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports in Maryland. This chart book provides information about Maryland Medicaid participants who received services through the Autism Waiver in fiscal years (FYs) 2012 to 2016.

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This chart book is the second in a series that explores service utilization and expenditures for Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports in Maryland. It provides information about Maryland Medicaid participants who received services through the Brain Injury Waiver in fiscal years 2012 through 2016. The Brain Injury Waiver provides services to individuals aged 22 through 64 years with a brain injury diagnosis who require a specialty hospital or nursing facility level of care.

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This chart book is the third in a series that explores service utilization and expenditures for Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports in Maryland. It provides information about Maryland Medicaid participants who received services through the Medical Day Care Waiver in fiscal years 2012 through 2016. The 1915(c) Medical Day Care Waiver provides medical day care services to persons aged 16 and over who are eligible for Medicaid and who meet a nursing facility level of care.

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This chart book is the fourth in a series that explores service utilization and expenditures for Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports in Maryland. It summarizes demographic, service utilization, and expenditure data for Model Waiver participants for fiscal years 2012 through 2016. The Model Waiver allows individuals with medically complex needs and a chronic hospital or nursing facility level of care to received needed services in their homes.

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