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Top Medicaid Research Group Lands RWJF Funding for Ambitious MCO Survey

February 14, 2019

Top Medicaid Research Group Lands RWJF Funding for Ambitious MCO Survey
Support allows Institute for Medicaid Innovation to highlight work of health plans in areas like social determinants

Washington, DC – February 14, 2018 – The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI), the Medicaid research non-profit, secured Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) funding to continue its national, longitudinal survey of Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) for the next three years. The first-of-its-kind annual survey which launched last year demonstrates the capabilities of the industry across key areas that will help Medicaid stakeholders shape the narrative about Medicaid managed care.

The IMI, with the support of trade group Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) and its members, collected information for its inaugural survey in 2018 from a representative sample of Medicaid plans, with respondents providing health care coverage to more than 20 million Medicaid enrollees, representing 44 percent of all covered lives in Medicaid managed care across 34 states. These data are already contributing to the body of knowledge on the following key issues: high-risk care coordination, pharmacy, value-based payment, behavioral health, women’s health, child and adolescent health, and long-term services and supports. Noteworthy was the finding that a majority of Medicaid MCOs are increasingly using value-based payment models when providing care for their members, as described in Forbes. Over time, insights like this will ultimately benefit Medicaid enrollees, states, and taxpayers, as well as spur further innovation in the Medicaid program.

A new feature of the RWJF-funded 2019 survey is the collection of data on social determinants of health initiatives in Medicaid managed care. As the IMI showed in its report “Innovation and Opportunities to Address Social Determinants of Health in Medicaid Managed Care,” addressing the social determinants of health has become a growing priority at Medicaid health plans, which warrants its inclusion in the latest version of the survey.

“We are honored that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recognizes the value of the Institute’s landmark survey and the need for timely and accurate trend data in Medicaid and managed care,” said Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN, executive director of IMI. “Their commitment to support the project for the next three years will go a long way in meeting this critical need, especially as policymakers consider options for Medicaid reform.”

View the full 2018 survey results

Read about the survey in Forbes

Read the IMI social determinants of health report

About the IMI 
The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that provides independent, nonpartisan information and analysis that informs Medicaid policy and improves the health of the nation.


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