The Case for Medicaid Managed Care Plan Investment in Programs Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

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As providers are increasingly held accountable by payers for the quality and costs of the health care they deliver, interest has grown in interventions to address the social determinants of poor health. Focusing on Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs), which may have financial and organizational incentives to address their enrollees’ social needs, this project will assess the rationale for investing in these interventions and the plausibility of bringing them to scale. The research team will interview leaders of Medicaid MCOs that are targeting social needs, as well as leaders of MCOs that are not, for their insights on the facilitators and barriers to implementing and sustaining these programs, as well as the design characteristics, financing mechanisms, and evaluation tools being used.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Regents of the University of California
Principal Investigator:
Laura Gottlieb, M.D., M.P.H.
Award Amount:
$221,648.00
Approval Date:
April 8, 2014

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