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Understanding the Role, Responsibilities, and Reach of IMI’s Committees and Subcommittees

Caroline E. Adams & Chloe Bakst

July 13, 2020

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) has established committees and subcommittees to guide and inform the organization’s mission, vision, and strategic plan. The committees bring together a diverse array of national and state Medicaid stakeholders, including representatives from Medicaid health plans, state Medicaid agencies, clinical groups, the federal government, professional organizations, universities, and advocacy organizations. All project concepts that IMI leads originate from one of its committees and subcommittees. 

There are three overarching committees: Data and Research (D&R), Dissemination and Implementation (D&I), and Communication. The former two committees have underlying subcommittees; the Social Determinants of Health and Annual Medicaid Managed Care organization (MCO) Survey subcommittees are included under the D&R umbrella.  The Health of All Women in Medicaid, Behavioral Health, and Child and Adolescent Health subcommittees are included under the D&I committee umbrella. Committees meet monthly, while subcommittees typically meet quarterly. However, additional ad hoc meetings that are project specific may be scheduled. IMI welcomes new committee members on an ongoing basis. 

Each committee and subcommittee have an established charter outlining its purpose and goals. You can learn more here. A list of the current topics that each committee and subcommittee is focused on is provided below.

Data & Research Committee

Annual Medicaid MCO Survey Subcommittee

  • Annual Medicaid MCO survey with sections focused on value-based purchasing, high risk care coordination, pharmacy, women’s health, child and adolescent health, behavioral health, MLTSS, and social determinants of health.
  • Market analysis and benchmarks on Medicaid managed care.
  • Trend analysis of Medicaid MCOs, 2016-2020.
  • Collection of COVID-19 specific information through the survey.

Social Determinants of Health Subcommittee

Dissemination & Implementation Committee

  • Best practices in Medicaid managed care specific to value-based purchasing, high risk care coordination, pharmacy, women’s health, child and adolescent health, behavioral health, MLTSS, and social determinants of health.
  • Three-year, multi-stakeholder innovation incubator focused on reducing disparities through health system and payment reform.
  • Understanding access to high-quality, person-centered contraceptive care via telehealth during COVID-19.
  • Understanding access to well-child visits and immunizations for children during COVID-19.
  • Understanding the impact of changing technology during COVID-19.
  • Understanding the impact and value of temporary policies enacted during COVID-19..
  • Role of nurse-midwives and freestanding birth centers in Medicaid, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Subcommittee on the Health of All Women in Medicaid

Child & Adolescent Health Subcommittee

  • Two generation model approaches.
  • The effect of COVID-19 on children’s health, including access to care such as well-visits and immunizations, access to food, safe living environments, and quality education, and mental health issues including loneliness. 
  • Asthma and parental smoking.
  • Parental mental health including maternal depression, adverse childhood events, and child abuse.
  • Childhood obesity.

Behavioral Health Subcommittee

  • Behavioral health and telehealth policies during COVID-19, including innovative approaches to behavioral health service delivery.
  • Social isolation and loneliness from decreased socialization during COVID-19.
  • Capturing telehealth data, including no-show rates for telepsychiatry and other behavioral health services delivered via telehealth, during COVID-19. 
  • New Medicaid enrollees and behavioral health services.
  • Physical and behavioral health integration including value-based payment and high-risk care coordination.
  • Substance use disorder.
  • Maternal mental health including prenatal mood disorders and postpartum depression.

Communications Committee