Events

Medicaid in a New Era: Proven Solutions That Enhance Quality and Reduce Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2011) - The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), in partnership with UnitedHealthcare, hosted a briefing entitled “Medicaid in the New Era: Proven Solutions that Enhance Quality and Reduce Costs.”

Medicaid is among the fastest growing expenditures in state budgets, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) calls for an extension of Medicaid of up to 133% of the federal poverty level starting January 1, 2014. At the same time, many states are grappling with fiscal challenges that will require them to adjust their programs. Because of the vulnerability of the Medicaid population, past cuts to benefits or payments to providers have sometimes backfired, leading to lower quality and higher costs.

But today, it is possible to reduce Medicaid costs without compromising – and often enhancing – the quality of care and health improvement.

This event will highlight current programs that reduce Medicaid costs without compromising quality, providing the opportunity for sustainable savings by focusing on chronic disease, care coordination and management, health technology, and other reforms.

Please join the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and UnitedHealth Group as we learn how Medicaid can work in a new era, with proven programs that realistically identify and implement reforms to enhance care and reduce costs.

Speakers

  • Thomas Johnson, Executive Director, Medicaid Health Plans of America

  • Dr. Elizabeth Tilson, M.D. MPH, FACPM, American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Wake County (NC) Human Services Child Health Clinic

  • Robert Freeman, co-author of the “The Effectiveness of Disease Management in Medicaid” and Professor, Midway College School of Pharmacy
  • Kenneth Thorpe, PhD, Executive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease; Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy & Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Event videos

Medicaid in a new era - opening remarks from PFCD on Vimeo.

Medicaid in a new era - Robert Freeman from PFCD on Vimeo.

Medicaid in a new era - Thomas Johnson from PFCD on Vimeo.

Medicaid in a new era - Elizabeth Tilson from PFCD on Vimeo.

Medicaid in a new era - conclusion and Q&A from PFCD on Vimeo.

Research papers

Available for download:

Medicaid in a New Era--White Paper

The Effectiveness of Disease Management Programs in the Medicaid Population (2011)

Bibliography - Disease Management Programs in Medicaid

Presentations

Available for download:

Medicaid in a New Era: Proven Solutions to Enhance Quality and Reduce Costs

Medicaid Health Plan Best Practices - Thomas Johnson

Community Care of North Carolina

Improving Patient Health, Saving Medicaid Hundreds of Millions of Dollars