What are states looking for from “Medicaid reform”?

How do they evaluate the prospects of reform proposals – and how do they evaluate reforms that have been implemented?

iStock_000015640638XSmallAcross the country, states are pursuing Medicaid reform through section 1115 waivers, Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Programs (DSRIP), the State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative, and other means. As they do, they must decide what innovations to pursue and then make decisions about whether those they have chosen have achieved their objectives and produced genuine payment and delivery system reform, improved outcomes, and laid a foundation for further improvement.

Many of these decisions are made by state Medicaid directors, and now, the National Association of Medicaid Directors has published a paper offering its perspective on Medicaid reform: what it is, what it looks like, and how they will approach it. See its paper Perspectives on Innovation here.