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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 ]

Q&A: Urban Baby Beginnings executive director Stephanie Spencer on maternal health equity

| Aug 10, 2021

Stephanie Spencer is the founder and executive director of Urban Baby Beginnings (UBB), a community based organization focused on providing care to families during pregnancy and with young children. UBB’s goal, according to Spencer, is to address systemic barriers to care, especially for Black and Brown families.  In this Q&A,...[ Read More ]

More than 750,000 Virginia adults gain new Medicaid dental benefit

| Jul 1, 2021

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that more than 750,000 adult Medicaid members will have access to comprehensive dental services under a benefit that begins July 1, 2021. The Governor celebrated the launch of the new adult dental benefit during an event at the Capital Area Health Network’s Vernon J. Harris...[ Read More ]

Virginia State of Reform Health Policy Conference: Update from DMAS

| May 11, 2021

During the Virginia State of Reform Health Policy Conference, Director Karen Kimsey provided key updates from the Department of Medical Assistant Services, which oversees the provision of Medicaid for approximately 1.8 million Virginians.      Kimsey reported that since Virginia declared a state of emergency on March 12, 2020 due...[ Read More ]

Pandemic expenses drive budget increase amendments

Shawna De La Rosa | Jan 15, 2021

Coronavirus-related spending prompted much of the proposed amendments to the Virginia 2020-22 biennial budget, which reflects an increase over the 2020 Acts of Assembly, Special Session 1 HB 5005 for both 2021 and 2022. The amendments were introduced as HB 1800 and SB 1100. The adjustments result in an approximate...[ Read More ]