176101 Unprecedented Opportunity: Improving Collaboration between State Health Agencies and Medicaid through Transformation Grants

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 8:50 AM

Jessica Pollak Kahn, MPH , Family and Children's Health Programs Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesFamily and Children's Health Programs Group, Baltimore, MD
Medicaid spending growth has declined in recent years, increasing the need to deliver care more efficiently and effectively. With the goal of improving efficiency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Systems (CMS) established the Transformation Grant (TG) program. Since January 2007, CMS has awarded a total $150 million to 37 states. Funded projects include health information technology (HIT), quality and health outcomes, and e-prescribing. TGs offer unprecedented opportunity for Medicaid and state public health agencies to work together to improve outcomes for state populations. Successful past Transformation Grants have included methods for reducing patient error rates by implementing electronic health records and facilitating cooperation between SHA and hospitals to improve health outcomes. Speaker Jessica Pollak Kahn, Project Officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Center for Medicaid and State Operations will begin with an overview of the Transformation Grants program and in-depth examples including the Ohio Neonatal Outcomes Improvement Project: a collaboration funded by the TG to improve pregnancy outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries. Session participants will learn how to identify opportunities and mechanisms available to promote collaboration between health departments and state and federal Medicaid agencies to increase accountability, efficiency, and quality within Medicaid programs.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the purpose of Medicaid Transformation Grants and their potential impact on state public health 2. Describe how state health agencies are using Transformation Grants to collaborate with Medicaid and streamline programs and increase efficiency. 3. Discuss innovative approaches to restructuring state health and increasing accountability, efficiency, and quality within Medicaid programs using Transformation Grants.

Keywords: Medicaid, Funding

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Project Officer involved with Transformation Grants at the Center for Medicaid and State Operations, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.