198175 Unprecedented Opportunity: Improving Collaboration between State Health Agencies and Medicaid through Transformation Grants

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 10:30 AM

John M. Young , Center for Medicaid and State Operations, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Baltimore, MD
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), through transformation grants (TG) and the Quality Technical Advisory Group (QTAG), collaborate with state health and state Medicaid agencies to deliver quality care. The QTAG works with states to implement high level recommendations into action steps. TGs offer unprecedented opportunity for Medicaid and state public health agencies to work together to improve health outcomes for women and children. 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 fraud and abuse detection systems and automation of eligibility systems. This presentation will provide background information on CMS initiatives to work with state health agencies and state Medicaid agencies and how TGs can improve neonatal outcomes in the U.S.

This presentation will provide state health agency and state Medicaid agency employees with background information on CMS transformation grants. It will also provide examples of collaboration between federal and state partners to address maternal and child health issues, especially improving neonatal outcomes.

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. 4. Describe mechanisms by which to facilitate collaboration. 5. Discuss models of collaboration in the states. 6. List the outcomes associated with public health/Medicaid collaboration - with an emphasis on maximized resources and improved access to care for women and children.

Keywords: Medicaid, Funding

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am serving as the Technical Director of the Division of Quality, Evaluation & Health Outcomes for the Family & Children's Health Programs Group within the Centers for Medicare and 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.