Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Disability and Aging

Maureen Booth

Director, Managed Care Initiatives
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Office

433 Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-4851

Maureen Booth
Director, Quality Management Program Area Senior Research Associate

Education

Saint Peter's College, B.A. 1971; Cornell University, Regional Planning, M.A. 1974.

Areas of Expertise: Quality systems for managed care programs, particularly for Medicaid and Medicare; medical errors and adverse events.

Research Interests: Maureen Booth is Director of the Quality Management and Improvement Program within the Institute for Health Policy and in this capacity she oversees all quality-related projects. Maureen has been providing technical assistance to the State of Maine and the New England States Consortium on the design of quality management systems for managed care programs serving the dually eligible population. In this capacity, Maureen has overseen the modification and pilot testing of the CAHPS survey instrument for administration to dually eligible older persons.

For the past five years, Maureen has also served as a fellow at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) where she has been working with HCFA on the design of quality oversight systems for both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Recent projects that Maureen has conducted with NASHP include:

  • staff support to HCFA's national Quality Care Group that oversaw the development of QISMC's set of standards and reviewer guidelines for monitoring the quality of care provided to Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in managed care;
  • staff support to a NASHP-sponsored task force to advise HCFA in the development of safeguards for vulnerable populations enrolled in managed care as required by The Balanced Budget Act of 1997;
  • conducting site visits of state-sponsored managed care programs serving children with special health care needs; and
  • examination of State-based reporting systems of adverse events and medical errors.

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.

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