IMI Blog


New IMI Resource:  Understanding the Complex Medicaid Program

Caroline E. Adams

November 15, 2017

As the Medicaid program continues to be the focus of national and state policy debate, the IMI summer 2017 interns developed a comprehensive Medicaid 101 issue brief to help inform the discussions. Medicaid is a complex, joint federal and state program. Much of the complexity is due to variation of policies between…

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Quality Measurement in the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Project:  Findings from the Final Report

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN

November 2, 2017

Launched in 2014, the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program supports states’ ongoing efforts related to payment and delivery system reforms with targeted technical support and tools in four functional areas: quality measurement, performance improvement, data analytics, and payment modeling and financial simulations.   The program, co-chaired by myself and Dr. William Golden,  recommends measures that address…

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Analysis of U.S. Disparities by Sex:  A Deeper Dive Into the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN

October 23, 2017

Established by the Affordable Care Act, the National Quality Strategy (NQS) is the national policy goals aimed at improving the quality of health care for all Americans. The NQS established six priorities to provide better, more affordable care for individuals and communities. This is the first analysis of data on the…

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Only 50% of Pregnant Women In Medicaid with Opioid Misuse Disorder Seek Treatment

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN

September 26, 2017

The number of opioid-related deaths in the U.S. exceeded 33,000 in 2015, an increase of 200% since 2000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the same time, rates of NAS and maternal opioid use are climbing, as cited by a report focused on opioid misuse from the…

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IMI Research Published in Women’s Health Issues Journal

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN

September 14, 2017

Pregnant women who have experienced a prior preterm birth are advised to get progesterone injections to prevent another one, but Medicaid coverage of these injections varies between states and managed care organizations.  A new study conducted by IMI team members was published in the journal Women's Health Issues.  Our study involved a survey…

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IMI Annual Conference:  Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Medicaid

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN

September 6, 2017

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation is excited to announce that this year's annual research and clinical practice conference will be focused on addressing social determinants of health in Medicaid.  The one-day conference to be held on October 30th in Washington, D.C., will kick-off with a keynote address from Rebecca Onie, founding…

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Opioid Crisis: Understanding the Medicaid Perspective

Craig Martin, MD, DLFAPA

July 10, 2017

The Opioid Summit last month, followed by the release of two relevant IMI reports was truly an amazing experience. Participants in a jam-packed room at the Senate Office Building, and hundreds of people who learned and participated by live-streaming, heard that effective treatment is available from current Medicaid programs for beneficiaries enrolled…

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Opioid Epidemic:  Crisis to Care in Medicaid

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN

June 23, 2017

Since 2000, the significant increase in the misuse of opioids, including prescription (e.g., oxycodone) and illicit (e.g., heroin) opioids, has led to the declaration of an “opioid ep­idemic” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Notably, this trend is increasingly prevalent among women misusing opioids during pregnancy, resulting…

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Welcome Summer Interns

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN

May 30, 2017

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation welcomed its summer interns this week.  The three undergraduate students are participating in the University of Michigan’s Public Service Internship Program (PSIP).  The program prepares undergraduate students to obtain summer internships in Washington D.C., educates them to build career development skills, and supports participants while living in D.C. This is…

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Access to Women’s Reproductive Health Services in Medicaid Managed Care

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN

April 28, 2017

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation in collaboration with the Kaiser Family Foundation sought to better understand the provision of women’s reproductive health services in Medicaid with an emphasis on gleaning information about access and coverage.  Through a national survey of Medicaid managed care organization (MMCO) clinical leaders and targeted focus groups…

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Oral Health – Its Impact on Medicaid Populations

Robert K. Thielen, DDS, MBA

February 16, 2017

We sometimes view oral health as simply that of good dental care.  Yet it goes beyond maintaining the hard enamel structure of teeth, a structure so impervious that remaining dentition can often times be used as a tool for identification when all other human structures have decomposed. Abundant bacterial colonies found in…

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Policy Solutions are Needed to Broaden Access to 17P to Prevent Preterm Births for Pregnant Women in Medicaid


January 30, 2017

Medicaid finances approximately half of all deliveries in the United States. A recent analysis conducted by A. R. Markus et. al. (2016) found that Medicaid covered approximately 48.8 percent of all preterm births (compared to 42.1 percent covered private insurance) from 2010-2013 and that Medicaid was 7.5 percent more likely to…

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Barriers in Accessing 17P for Pregnant Women in Medicaid

Priya Batra, MD, MS

January 10, 2017

Preterm birth – delivery before 37 weeks of pregnancy – affects almost one in ten births and is the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in the United States. Babies born preterm account for almost $20 billion in health care costs annually, both for acute care (after birth) and long-term…

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Five Elements Influencing Medicaid Prescription Drug Access & Coverage

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN

November 29, 2016

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), formerly the Institute of Medicine, recently convened its first Committee on Ensuring Patient Access to Affordable Drug Therapies.  The committee is charged with developing a final report that identifies issues in drug pricing and recommendations for that could potentially alleviates these issues…

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CHOPT for Medicaid:  Resources for Addressing Childhood Obesity


November 21, 2016

Childhood obesity is one of the most common and significant health conditions in the U.S. and yet, is the least understood.  Current research demonstrates an overall lack of evidence to assess the efficacy of non-school based interventions in preventing childhood obesity. Furthermore, there is little available research that stratifies outcomes of…

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Innovation in Medicaid to Increase Access to LARC

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN

November 14, 2016

Challenges in assuring access to long acting reversible contraception (LARC) for the Medicaid population are numerous, including limitations associated with a bundled maternity care payment system.  However, there are also innovative initiatives being tested in Medicaid managed care to overcome these barriers.  The Institute was recently invited to speak at the…

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CHOPT for Medicaid: Focusing on the Experiences of Families

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN

November 8, 2016

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the CHOPT for Medicaid project is a year-long initiative focused on childhood obesity prevention and treatment efforts in the Medicaid population. The culmination of this work was unveiled during last week’s convening meeting, including a toolkit that offers a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the…

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Welcome to the Institute

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN

October 24, 2016

Let me be the first to officially welcome you to the launch of the Institute for Medicaid Innovation’s blog. We are excited to use this platform to keep Medicaid stakeholders informed about current and upcoming initiatives that the Institute is leading. We will feature interviews from Medicaid beneficiaries, health plans, researchers, clinicians, and…

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