Medicaid Managed Care in the Era of Health Reform – Briefing and Panel Discussion

Amid increasing state and national interest in using managed care delivery models for Medicaid beneficiaries, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) hosted a public briefing on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 to provide information on recent transitions from fee-for-service to managed care, and to discuss their implications for care access and delivery. Moderated by Diane Rowland, Executive Vice President of the Foundation and Executive Director of the KCMU, the briefing began with an overview of national trends in Medicaid managed care from Julia Paradise, an Associate Director of the KCMU. Two panel discussions followed; the first shared insights from a joint KCMU-University of California, Berkeley study released that day that examines California’s recent transition of seniors and persons with disabilities to Medi-Cal managed care. This first panel featured Carrie Graham, Assistant Director of Research, Health Research for Action, U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health; Jane Ogle, Deputy Director for Health Care Delivery Systems, California Department of Health Care Services; and Howard Kahn, CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan. The second panel discussed national and state considerations for significant care transitions, including the use of managed care for more medically complex Medicaid populations, the Medicaid coverage expansion to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act, and new approaches to delivering and financing care for dually eligible individuals. This second panel featured Trish Riley, Senior Fellow, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine; Margaret A. Murray, Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans; and Kevin Prindiville, Deputy Director of the National Senior Citizens Law Center. Podcast

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