Investing in Medicaid IT
As the nation’s largest public insurance program, Medicaid provides health insurance to 1 out of every 5 Americans. The program supports individuals from birth to end-of-life, paying for approximately 45 percent of births nationwide and more than 50 percent of long-term care services and support, including nursing home care and home and community based services.
Given its dominance of the payer market, Medicaid can and does serve as an important catalyst for large-scale healthcare delivery system reform. This includes greater use of managed care, support of accountable care and patient-centered medical home models, improved focus on care management, and, increasingly, focus on improving state-wide population health through multi-payer reform initiatives and linkages to social services.
Indeed, as a joint Federal-State program, Medicaid enables each state to innovate and experiment to meet the needs of its own unique beneficiary and provider populations.