Title: Research driven Medicaid reform: the case of managed care

Authors: Robert E. Hurley

Addresses: Department of Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1008 East Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23298–0203, USA

Abstract: Reforming Medicaid is a longstanding goal of policymakers that has received intense interest in recent years. Much of this reform has not been guided or informed by rigorous policy research. A notable exception to this is the introduction and expansion of managed care for Medicaid beneficiaries that have unfolded over the past 20 years while being subjected to continuing, systematic analysis. In part this is due to the fact that managed care models were explicitly implemented in Medicaid as research and demonstration projects. Though the research has not always been uniform or timely or definitive, it does provide a number of lessons on how policymakers and researchers can engage in constructive, long-term partnerships.

Keywords: Medicaid reform; health policy research; Medicaid managed care; research-driven policy making; healthcare; public policy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPP.2007.012906

International Journal of Public Policy, 2007 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.249 - 263

Published online: 23 Mar 2007 *

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