Highlights from the Fourth Annual NAMD Boot Camp

Fri, 05/27/2011

The fourth annual NAMD Boot Camp was held in Washington, DC, on May, 22, 2011. CHCS collaborated with NAMD on this one-day program that brought participants from more than 22 states together to discuss opportunities and challenges facing new Medicaid directors and their senior staffs. Selected presentations are below:

Purchasing, Payment and Delivery System Innovations to Drive Value

Panelists highlighted how a state can use its purchasing power, payment models and delivery system redesign efforts to focus on buying value. The panel discussed how states can do this in the current environment, while also planning for future Medicaid expansions and interfaces with the exchanges.

Toby Douglas, Chief Deputy Director, Health Care Programs, California Department of Health Care Services application/pdf icon

Jeff Thompson, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Washington Medicaid Program application/pdf icon

Deborah Bachrach, JD, former New York Medicaid Director application/pdf icon

Developing Staff and Engaging Partners in Challenging Budget Times

With wage freezes, furloughs and layoffs being the norm in many states, directors may find it difficult to keep staff motivated and hard-working given the challenges facing the program. Ms. Ingram presented a staff development model that has been useful to the first two classes of Medicaid Leadership Institute Fellows and may help directors get the most from their staff in these complex times.

Carolyn Ingram, CHCS Senior Vice President application/pdf icon

Understanding the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)

Dr. Zawistowich explained MACPAC's roll and its interface with Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the states. She highlighted key issues in MACPAC's initial report to Congress in March and discussed topics for its impending June report. 

Lu Zawistowich, ScD, Executive Director, MACPAC application/pdf icon

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