As federal health reform legislation has stalled, health policy attention turns to the states, which have many tools to reform their health care systems. While 1115 waivers rightly get a lot of attention, because of their ability to reshape state Medicaid programs, the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1332 waivers continue to be a promising avenue for states.
Following the expiration of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), both the House and the Senate have turned their attention to the program’s renewal. As states know well, the program was provided with funding through fiscal year 2017, which ended on September 30th, creating pressure for Congress to act quickly before states begin to run out of CHIP dollars in the coming weeks and months. Both the Senate and the House recently have taken up legislation to provide funding for an additional five years and make a number of other modifications to the bill.
Value Based Purchasing for Managed Care Procurement: A Toolkit for State Medicaid Agencies is designed to assist states interested in implementing value-based purchasing (VBP) approaches with their Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs). Using a VBP approach can mean significant and ongoing changes for a state Medicaid agency and its MCOs. The Toolkit is designed to guide Medicaid agencies through key action steps and considerations in four phases of the managed care procurement cycle – 1) strategic procurement planning, 2) solicitation development, 3) bidder selection, and 4) contract management.