Committees

The work of the Institute for Medicaid innovation is informed, guided, and supported by an exceptional group of national experts representing academic and non-academic research institutions, advocacy and community organizations, clinician groups, Medicaid managed care organizations, state and federal policymakers, and, most importantly, Medicaid members and their families. These experts contribute to the mission of the Institute by serving on the Board of Directors, National Advisory Board, committees, subcommittees and on funded research and quality improvement initiatives as members of project specific National Advisory Committees and Technical Expert Panels.

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 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 the Health of All Women in Medicaid

Karen George, MD, MPH, FACOG (George Washington University)
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 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

Haleta Belai, MBA (Centene Corporation)
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.

Committee on Communications

Mark Clemente (Gateway Health)
Chair

Purpose:

To bring together a network of communication specialists who collectively work to increase awareness of the positive impact of Medicaid and managed care.

To support the dissemination IMI’s resources, both internally and externally, that promote evidence about the value of Medicaid and managed care organizations.

To respond to IMI’s opportunities for Medicaid MCO engagement in projects and requests for information such as providing examples of best practices and innovative initiatives being led by Medicaid MCOs.

To review and provide feedback on IMI communication materials such as press releases, social media copy and cards, and media requests.
 
To coordinate and partner with IMI on the release of resources; especially with Medicaid MCOs featured in the resource.