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Stephanie Cannon-Jones

Senior Policy Analyst

Stephanie Cannon-Jones, a senior policy analyst at The Hilltop Institute, is responsible for analyzing Medicare, Medicaid, Minimum Data Set (MDS), and LTSSMaryland data to determine Medicaid nursing home, home and community-based waiver services, and state plan services expenditures and utilization. Stephanie’s work philosophy is that, although she is not working directly with people, her work and that of her colleagues is vital to the decision-making process of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) that provides much-needed services to millions of older adults, children, and persons with disabilities.

She recently completed a study to compare the rate of reimbursement for three waiver services with the actual cost to the waiver service providers. Stephanie worked with MDH to identify and operationalize new Money Follows the Person (MFP) performance goals. She also manipulates Maryland Medicaid data to complete semi-annual reports on the states’ progress in meeting its MFP goals, 1915(c) waiver quality assurances, and 1915(c) waiver renewals by providing cost neutrality estimates. She is currently part of a team to bring interactive enrollment and service utilization information on Maryland’s long-term services and supports populations to public users via the DataPort. Stephanie works with Hilltop’s Technology Innovation unit to develop programmatic interactive data dashboards for use by MDH staff and program stakeholders. She served as the subject matter MDS clinical consultant for the Maryland Health Care Commission’s (MHCC’s) MDS 3.0 Consultant project. Information that was generated from this system is posted on MHCC’s website for consumer use. For this project, Stephanie also monitored local and national Medicare and Medicaid policy changes, as well as modifications to the MDS items to identify changes that may affect the reporting tool. Stephanie is also currently working on a series of chart books—an annual analysis of Medicaid expenditures and service utilization for nursing facility residents and participants of selected 1915c Medicaid waiver programs. In recent years, Medicare, MDS, and LTSSMaryland data have supplemented the Medicaid data to provide a more holistic picture of the populations Hilltop serves. Stephanie also manipulates Maryland Medicaid data to complete various semi-annual and annual reports.

She also worked with staff at a local health clinic on a project designed to determine to feasibility of implementing a computer-based alcohol screening and intervention tool into the primary care setting. As a follow-up to this, she led a project to provide statistical analysis for data resulting from a clinical trial for a computer-based alcohol-related intervention. Stephanie also worked as a focus group moderator and key informant interviewer for the Medicare Acute Care Demonstration program evaluation. The demonstration tested the use of a “bundled payment” for a cardiac or orthopedic inpatient surgical episode of care as an alternative payment methodology.

Previously, Stephanie was a research analyst for the Maryland State Lottery Agency, where her responsibilities included conducting statistical analyses, analyzing survey data on customer satisfaction, and assisting in agency-wide strategic planning. She also monitored focus groups commissioned by the lottery. Before that, she was a data processing quality assurance supervisor at the Motor Vehicle Administration and held a managerial position in management information systems with Good Shepherd Center and Friends of the Family Inc.

Stephanie earned her MPS (master of policy sciences) from UMBC and her BA in sociology from Delaware State University. Sergeant First Class (E-7), United States Army Reserves, (retired).