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Legislators focus on vaccinating Medicaid population, kids in Maryland

| Nov 17, 2021 | Maryland

Conversations on equitable distribution and vaccinating kids were at the forefront of the Maryland Senate Vaccine Oversight Work Group meeting on Monday. The work group, which Senate President Bill Ferguson (D - Baltimore City) convened in January 2021, monitors the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the state and discusses efforts to...[ Read More ]

Virginia legislature makes progress on increasing Medicaid nursing home reimbursement rates

| Nov 11, 2021

Eight policy solutions, aimed at addressing nursing home staff shortages and improving quality of care, received a final assessment from the Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC)’s nursing facility workforce work group last week. The workgroup voted on whether or not to recommend each policy to the full JCHC...[ Read More ]

5 Things Virginia: Q&A w/ Dr. Danny TK Avula, Bending the Rx cost curve, Medicaid redetermination

| Oct 27, 2021

The general election is right around the corner. With that in mind, State of Reform reached out to several health policy leaders in Virginia for a conversation on how the results might impact health policy in the state. More on that below. This edition of "5 Things We're Watching" also...[ Read More ]

Promoting high quality health care: updates from DMAS’ Office of Value-Based Purchasing

| Oct 19, 2021

As the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) continues to adjust to an influx of new beneficiaries throughout the pandemic, the Commonwealth’s Medicaid program leadership is driving conversations on value-based purchasing models of care to improve health outcomes and affordability.      DMAS’ Office of Value-Based Purchasing (OVBP) oversees financial...[ Read More ]

DMAS prepares for post-public health emergency Medicaid disenrollment

| Oct 12, 2021

The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is currently preparing for the impending end of the federal public health emergency (PHE) declaration, which will instigate a lengthy eligibility redetermination process for one in five Virginians who currently benefit from Medicaid.      DMAS Director Karen Kimsey provided an update on...[ Read More ]

Commissioner Alison Land, others, advocate for behavioral health workforce funding from Virginia Legislature

| Sep 16, 2021

Members of the Virginia Legislative Behavioral Health Subcommittee are expressing concern over whether they are “doing enough” to mitigate the Commonwealth’s ongoing workforce shortage at its behavioral health facilities. Virginia state hospitals are resuming Temporary Detention Order (TDO) admissions after they were halted last month due to staffing issues, but...[ Read More ]