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Population Health and Health Policy

New Kaiser Commission report by Muskie authors highlight federal and state responsibilities for managing Medicaid

The Medicaid program, administered jointly by the Federal and state governments, serves 66 million people at a cost of over 400 billion dollars annually, making it the nation’s largest public health insurer. The Affordable Care Act further increases the program’s reach and supports state-level innovation already underway to improve the program’s efficiency and effectiveness and restructure service delivery and payment. States and the federal government are working to maximize the value and efficiency of Medicaid by reforming payment to reward value over volume, integrating effective care coordination across payers, and streamlining key processes like eligibility determinations across coverage programs. Underpinning a state’s ability to implement these reforms is its capacity to manage its Medicaid program effectively and efficiently.

In this report published by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the authors discuss key responsibilities that the federal government and states hold for managing the Medicaid program and identify the key issues and challenges states face as they transform the way they do business and achieve key national goals.

Griffin E, Riley T, Wachino V, Rudowitz R. Managing a High-Performance Medicaid Program. Menlo Park, CA: Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured; October, 2013.

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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.

 

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