Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: A Medicaid Managed Care Collaborative


The Center for Health Care Strategies has developed the Best Clinical and Administrative Practices (BCAP) initiative to catalyze improvements in the health care received by enrollees in Medicaid managed care plans. For the proposed project, BCAP's leaders will work with Fund grantee David Nerenz to: 1) identify best state practices for linking race/ethnicity data from various sources with quality improvement data; 2) identify federal and state regulations that foster reduction of racial/ethnic health care disparities, as well as the performance incentives states include in their contracts with Medicaid plans; and 3) select, through a competitive process, 12 Medicaid managed care plans to participate in a BCAP demonstration project to improve care for minority patients. Best practices in these areas will be disseminated to Medicaid agencies, managed care plans, and others through a BCAP Quality Summit, national conferences, and the CHCS and Fund Web sites. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will provide cofunding. Visit the CHCS Web site to view a webcast and presentations from "Leveraging Data to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities," the first meeting of the new CHCS Purchasing Institute, held November 2–4, 2004. The Purchasing Institute convenes state Medicaid agencies and leading experts in the field to discuss strategies for using the collection and analysis of data to reduce such disparities.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Center for Health Care Strategies
Principal Investigator:
Stephen A. Somers, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 13, 2004

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