Committees

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation has established committees, subcommittees, and working groups  that guide its work in achieving the mission, vision, and strategic plan.

Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Committee

Pooja C. Mittal, DO (HealthNet, Stanford School of Medicine, Clinicians Consultation Center, University of California, San Francisco)
Chair

Purpose:
To identify and review current and emerging patient and clinical topics that the Institute should consider focusing its research and project efforts.

To be engaged in currently funded projects, serving as experts to guide the project deliverables and to actively participate in data collection and associated initiatives.

To identify strategies for disseminating and implementing evidence-based best practices that will improve access to high quality Medicaid services and to actively support, promote, and engage in these activities.

To serve as a conduit for identifying potential partners (i.e., health plans, advocacy organizations, funders) for initiatives.

To review research and QI proposals that are submitted to the Institute to determine their merit and potential to be engaged as a partner.

Subcommittee on the Health of All Women in Medicaid

Athena Cross, MA
Chair

Purpose:
To identify current and emerging issues related to access and coverage of women’s health services and prioritize the most salient issues in Medicaid.

To establish a strong strategic plan with both short- and long-term goals and objectives.

To create and build partnerships and collaborations to achieve the strategic plan’s goals.

To identify projects and initiatives that address the priority issues and achieve the strategic plan’s goals.

To identify funding opportunities that support the projects and initiatives that the Institute will lead.

Subcommittee on Behavioral Health

Nicholas DeGregorio, MD, FACP, MMM (UPMC for You, Inc.)
Co-Chair

Ann Giazzoni, MSW, LCSW, MBA (UPMC for You, Inc.)
Co-Chair

Purpose:
To identify current and emerging issues related to access and coverage in behavioral health and to prioritize the most salient issues in Medicaid.

To identify how social determinants of health intersect with current and emerging issues related to access and coverage in behavioral health.

To establish a strong strategic plan with both short- and long-term goals and objectives.

To create and build partnerships and collaborations to achieve the strategic plan’s goals.

To identify projects and initiatives that address the priority issues and achieve the strategic plan’s goals.

To identify funding opportunities that support the projects and initiatives that the Institute will lead.

Subcommittee on Child and Adolescent Health

Sandra G. Hassink, MD, MS, FAAP (Nemours)
Chair

Purpose:
To identify the current state of health of children and adolescents in Medicaid with respect to mortality, morbidity, chronic disease and factors that undermine the foundations of health.

To establish a strong strategic plan with both short- and long-term goals and objectives that include prevention and treatment objectives based on the state of health of the child and adolescent population in Medicaid.

To create and build partnerships and collaborations to achieve the strategic plan’s goals.

To identify projects and initiatives that address the priority issues and achieve the strategic plan’s goals.

To identify funding opportunities that support the projects and initiatives of the subcommittee that the Institute will lead.

Data & Research (D&R) Committee

Nicole Truhe, MPA (UnitedHealthcare Community & State)
Chair

Purpose:
To develop an annual questionnaire for Medicaid managed care organizations specific to key clinical and policy issues.

To provide scientific expertise and guidance on project proposals (i.e., methods to achieve study design) and current projects (i.e., questionnaire development, review findings).

To identify and review current and emerging Medicaid topics that the Institute should consider focusing its research and project efforts.

To serve as a conduit for identifying potential partners (i.e., health plans, advocacy organizations, funders) for initiatives.

To review research and quality improvement (QI) proposals that are submitted to the Institute to determine their merit and potential to be engaged as a partner.

To explore the feasibility of establishing a national Medicaid MCO data warehouse to address current and emerging issues with accessing quality Medicaid data in a timely manner.

Subcommittee on the Annual Medicaid MCO Survey

Sayanti Saha, PhD, MBA (Horizon New Jersey Health)
Chair

Purpose:
To develop,  test, and refine the annual Medicaid MCO survey instrument.

To support recruitment efforts to encourage Medicaid MCOs to complete the survey.

To review and provide feedback on the design and methods for analyzing the data.

To review and provide feedback on the data findings and presentation of the information in the annual report.

Social Determinants of Health Subcommittee


Laura Sankey, MA (Centene Corporation)
Co-Chair

Luis "Fernando" Arbelaez, PhD (Gateway Health)
Co-Chair

Purpose:
To identify current and emerging issues related to social determinants of health and prioritize the most salient issues in Medicaid.

To establish a strong strategic plan with both short- and long-term goals and objective.

To create and build partnerships and collaborations to achieve the strategic plan’s goal.

To identify projects and initiatives that address the priority issues and achieve the strategic plan’s goal.

To identify funding opportunities that support the projects and initiatives that the Institute will lead.

Best Practices Review Panel

Caroline Grossman (Mirepoix LLC)
Chair

Purpose:
To review and score best practice initiatives submitted by Medicaid managed care organizations.

To identify innovative and emerging best practices in Medicaid managed care.

To select best practice initiatives for inclusion in the annual best practices compendium and to identify award winners for recognition at the annual awards luncheon.