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Comparison of Maryland's and Neighboring States' Medicaid Fees to Medicare Fees: FY 2020. A Chart Book.

This chart book, prepared for the Maryland Department of Health, compares the FY 2020 Medicaid reimbursement rates of Maryland and its surrounding states with Maryland’s Medicare fee schedule for CY 2019 for the Baltimore region. The surrounding states included in this study are Washington, DC; Delaware; Pennsylvania; Virginia; and West Virginia. Physician fees comprise three components: physician’s work, practice expense, and malpractice insurance expense.

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Evaluation of the Maryland Medicaid HealthChoice Program: CY 2014 to CY 2018

In 1997, Maryland implemented HealthChoice—a statewide mandatory Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care program—under authority of a waiver through §1115 of the Social Security Act. The provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that went into effect in 2014 marked another milestone by extending quality coverage to many more Marylanders with low income by calendar year (CY) 2018. Over 20 years after its launch, HealthChoice covered close to 90 percent of the state’s Medicaid and Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) populations.

The Hilltop Institute, on behalf of the Maryland Department of Health (the Department), evaluates the program annually; this evaluation covers the period from CY 2014 through CY 2018.

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Expanding Access to Addiction Treatment Services through Section 1115 Waivers for Substance Use Disorders: Experiences From Virginia and Maryland

In response to the nation’s opioid epidemic, an increasing number of states are applying for and receiving Medicaid Section 1115 demonstration waivers for substance use disorders. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created this opportunity under the authority of section 1115(a) of the Social Security Act for states to draw down federal Medicaid payments for facilities with greater than 16 beds that provide short-term residential treatment, which are otherwise prohibited through the Institution for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion. Waiving the IMD exclusion allows states to offer short-term residential treatment, thereby offering the entire continuum of addiction treatment services to their Medicaid members based on widely accepted standards for evidence-based care.

This research was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems program, which is administered by AcademyHealth. Hilltoppers Cynthia Woodcock, Alice Middleton, David Idala, and Matthew Clark co-authored this report, which describes the experiences of two early adopters of IMD waivers, Maryland and Virginia, in terms of their implementation and impact on the addiction treatment system for Medicaid members.

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