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Medicaid Research Organization Launches Initiative on Maternal Mental Health


January 12, 2018



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Medicaid Research Organization Launches Initiative on Maternal Mental Health

Washington, DC - January 12, 2018 – The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) in partnership Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) has launched a project on maternal depression and anxiety in Medicaid, with a special focus on Medi-Cal enrollees in California. The project is supported by the California Health Care Foundation, which is committed to improving maternal mental health in California.

The effects of maternal mental health, specifically maternal depression and anxiety, are well known. This project aims to identify and summarize promising approaches used by Medicaid managed care plans for addressing maternal depression and anxiety during the perinatal period (i.e. pregnancy and up to one-year post birth), with a specific focus on Medi-Cal managed care plans in California.

The following form the core of this initiative:

 - A panel to guide development of a draft outline for the report, assist in identifying potential resources, serve as external reviewers of the draft report; and help disseminate the final report.

- A comprehensive review and summary of the literature from a national perspective with an emphasis on California. The results will serve as the foundation for the report and will guide development of an outline.

- A survey of California Medi-Cal managed care health plans on how they are addressing depression and anxiety in the perinatal period, both on their own and in collaboration with providers. The IMI will examine programs to screen and treat women in the perinatal period that are in varying phases of implementation (i.e., early planning phase, pilots, well-established). The IMI will include programs that are focused on the individual as well as those with a more comprehensive view (e.g. designed to increase access to behavioral health services more generally and/or address social determinants of health). Promising approaches will be featured in the report.

- A comprehensive yet readable final report that will include a review and summary of the literature from a national perspective, with an emphasis on California, a review of state Medicaid agency websites to develop comparison tables of key elements of each state’s requirements and reimbursement for the identification and treatment of maternal depression and anxiety during the perinatal period, a discussion of barriers to identification and treatment across the U.S. with an emphasis on California, and a collection of summaries highlighting promising approaches by California Medi-Cal managed care health plans. Lastly, the report will include clinical, policy, and research priorities to guide next steps in improving screening and treatment of maternal depression and anxiety during the perinatal period for women on Medicaid.

“Maternal depression and anxiety is a serious issue with Medicaid enrollees, especially those in California” said Jennifer Moore, IMI’s director. “We look forward to working towards addressing these problems in this project and develop strategies that can be used to help mothers nationwide.”

About the Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI)
The Institute for Medicaid Innovation focuses on providing innovative solutions that address important clinical, research and policy issues in Medicaid through multi-stakeholder engagement, research, data analysis, education, quality improvement initiatives and dissemination and implementation activities.  For more information, visit www.medicaidinnovation.org

About Medicaid Health Plans of America
Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) is the leading national trade association solely focused on representing the universe of Medicaid health plans. MHPA works on behalf of 136 commercial and non-profit plans that serve over 30 million lives in 39 states and Washington, DC. MHPA provides advocacy and research that support policy solutions to enhance the delivery of quality care to disadvantaged Americans. MHPA also holds an annual conference where industry leaders address key issues, discuss solutions, and share best practices. For more information, visit www.medicaidplans.org or www.medicaidconference.com.

CONTACT:
Joe Reblando
Media Relations
202-857-5722
jreblando@mhpa.org
 

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