Ms. Sara Rosenbaum, the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health received a $344,000 grant from the Commonwealth Fund to examine the role of Medicaid managed care in strengthening primary care for vulnerable populations.
The new 18-month study, which builds on years of prior Medicaid research, will undertake a deep dive into state Medicaid managed care contracts, the key purchasing agreements between states and managed care organizations that establish detailed and extensive performance expectations. From these contracts, GW analysts, working closely with the Commonwealth Fund, will provide state and federal policymakers, evaluation researchers, and a broader policy readership with the analytic tools they need to understand how managed care is poised to change the reach and quality of primary care for low income and medically underserved populations and communities.
“Managed care has become the means by which Medicaid creates access to comprehensive primary care, the foundation of the entire health care system,” Ms. Rosenbaum said. “As Medicaid has dramatically extended its reach as a result of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansions, managed care has become even more important in extending care to poor and vulnerable populations.”