Awards & Studies

STUDIES & ARTICLES ABOUT AHCCCS

Moving Toward Value-Based Payment for Medicaid Behavioral Health Services
June 2017, Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.
Value-based payments (VBP) shift the way Medicaid health plans and providers pay for health care services. Instead of the traditional model of paying for volume, VBPs rewarding high-quality outcomes, and have been shown to slow cost growth. The Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. report illustrates how innovative states and Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) in Arizona, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee are using physical health VBP models to create new arrangements in their behavioral health programs.

State and Health Plan Strategies to Grow Enrollment in Integrated Managed Care Plans for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries
June 2017, Integrated Care Resource Center
Arizona is highlighted in this report from the Integrated Care Resource Center as one state that serves dually eligible Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries by contractually requiring its health plans to serve as Medicare Advantage Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) and promoting enrollment or alignment of dual eligible members into the same health plan for both Medicaid and Medicare to the greatest extent.

How Arizona Medicaid Accelerated the Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health Services
May 2017, The Commonwealth Fund
Where most states still divide the responsibility of physical and behavioral health across different agencies, Arizona consolidated these Medicaid services under AHCCCS in 2015. The Commonwealth Fund report highlights how AHCCCS’ efforts increased attention to behavioral health services, improved cross- communication and mutual trust, and streamlined service delivery for the health care plans, the providers and the members.

State Strategies: Value-Based Payment for Medicaid Populations with Complex Care Needs
April 2017, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
To improve care coordination and manage costs, the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) managed by AHCCCS uses a value-based model to purchase and assess long-term services and supports.

Improving Value for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries: The Role of D-SNPs
March 2017, Anthem Public Policy Institute
This report from Anthem Public Policy Institute examines the role that dual eligible special needs plans (D-SNPs) can play in improving care delivery and health outcomes for individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and highlights Arizona’s successful efforts to lower rates of hospitalization and emergency department use.

State Insights on Refining Integrated Care for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries
December 2016, Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.
Arizona is one of only three states that coordinate care for dual eligible beneficiaries by pairing D-SNP with a Medicaid managed long-term services and supports program.

Connecting the Justice-Involved Population to Medicaid Coverage and Care: Findings from Three States
June 2016, The Kaiser Family Foundation
Arizona is leading efforts to connect the justice-involved population to Medicaid coverage and care, suspend eligibility for incarcerated individuals, and help those with significant health needs as they transition out of incarceration. According to the study, “these approaches have increased coverage, facilitated access to care, and contributed to administrative efficiencies and state savings…”

Value-Based Payments in Medicaid Managed Care: An Overview of State Approaches
February 2016, Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.
AHCCCS is one of seven state Medicaid agencies highlighted in this study for accelerating value-based payment adoption through MCO contract requirements with graduated payment targets.

State Mental Health Legislation 2015: Trends, Themes and Effective Practices
December 2015, National Alliance on Mental Illness
Arizona is named among only 12 states that have steadily increased investments in mental health services.

Home is Where the Health Is
June 27, 2015, The Arizona Republic

Arizona keeps costs low on long-term care spending, Moody's says
May 23, 2015, The Arizona Republic

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