Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

MaineCare Stage A Health Homes Year 1 Report: Implementation Findings and Baseline Analysis

Abstract: 

In January 2013, Maine established Health Homes under federal authority pursuant to Section 2703 of the Affordable Care Act to improve care coordination for MaineCare members with chronic conditions. Stage A of the Health Homes initiative focuses on members with complex medical chronic conditions. Stage B, planned for early 2014, will focus on persons with severe and persistent mental health conditions and children with serious emotional disturbances. The Stage A demonstration builds off the State’s existing Maine multi-payer Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Pilot project and Maine’s Medicare Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) Demonstration by providing add-on payments to primary care practices and strengthening the community care team (CCT) model to provide care management and social support services to high-need MaineCare patients. As part of the initiative, MaineCare commissioned the Muskie School of Public Service to evaluate this new model of care. This report presents evaluation findings after the first year of Stage A implementation and provides  preliminary baseline data on quality, use and cost of care for eligible MaineCare members in Health Homes (HH) relative to a comparison group that will form the basis for assessing overall impact at the close of the two years of enhanced federal match under the initiative.

This report is supported through the MaineCare  Informatics and Evaluation Cooperative Agreement between the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the University of Southern Maine (CA-MC-13-227). The views and opinions expressed in this report are the authors’ and should not be attributed to collaborating organizations, funders, or the University of Southern Maine.

Suggested Citation: Fox K, Gray C, Rosingana K, Thayer D. MaineCare Stage A Health Homes Year 1 Report: Implementation Findings and Baseline Analysis. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service; March 18, 2014.

Publication Type: 
Report
Publish Date: 
March 18, 2014
URL: 
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/pdfs_doc/vbp/HH/Stage%20A/HHReport_Yr1_Stage%20A_FINAL%20%282%29.pdf

Cutler Institute awarded $600,000 to help youth raised in foster system

Marty Zanghi

USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy has been awarded a $600,000 grant to help young people raised in Maine's foster system to prepare for college and the workforce.

The money comes from the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of a $5.4 million national effort aimed at youth who are homeless or in either the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

"Many of these young people have suffered abuse or trauma and were raised in poverty and neglect," said Marty Zanghi, the Cutler Center's youth development director.

The money -- including an expected $400,000 more in matching funds -- will pay for contracted work with agencies in the target areas, starting with the greater Portland area and Penobscot, Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Nationally and in Maine, only about 3 percent of people who grow up in the foster care system achieve a college degree, he said.

"It's dramatically lower than the rate for the general population," Zanghi said. "It's a horrible outcome."

It doesn't have to be that way, though.

"There are young people that overcome these circumstances," he said. "I know people who have master's degrees and Ph.Ds."

The Casey Foundation's national effort is being called the "Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential" (LEAP) initiative.

The initiative is working on partnerships in Maine and nine other areas: Alaska, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and New York. In each case, people will adapt two evidence-based models to meet the needs of these youth, including support to address the trauma they may have experienced in their lives.

In Maine, the work will include a pair of successful programs, Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) and Jobs for the Future. Results will be carefully tracked, Zanghi said.

After the first year, the program is expected to grow.

"Eventually, the additional help will be available to all children, 14 and over, in the foster care system in the state of Maine," Zanghi said.

New Chartbook on the Use of Maine's Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)

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Long term services and supports (LTSS) are a vital lifeline for the thousands of Maine adults who need them, and they account for a significant portion of the state's Medicaid (MaineCare) budget.This Chartbook prepared by the research staff at the USM Muskie School, provides information on all Maine adults who use LTSS: older adults; adults with physical disabilities; adults with intellectual disabilities/autism spectrum disorder or other related conditions; and adults with acquired brain injury.

The information provided in this Chartbook about the demographic trends that impact Maine's service system as well as data on the typical MaineCare service utilization and expenditures of different LTSS populations will inform the discussion among policymakers, providers, consumers, and advocates as they work together to ensure that Maine’s system of LTSS meets the needs of all its citizens.

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