The Medicaid Medical Directors Network (MMDN) seeks to advance the health of Medicaid beneficiaries by providing a forum for senior clinical leaders to discuss their most pressing needs and share best practices. Facilitated by AcademyHealth, the MMDN conducts multistate projects on pressing topics, hosts yearly convenings, and leverages collective experience to support and advance both state and national work. Research and quality improvement projects span a range of topics relevant to improving care for Medicaid beneficiaries including studies on antipsychotic medication use in children and adolescents, hospital readmissions, and perinatal care. The MMDN focuses on the development and use of evidence-based medicine, measurement and improvement of health care quality, and the redesign of health care delivery systems. AcademyHealth assists in this by:
- Creating and sustaining a vibrant learning community for State Medicaid Medical Directors and other senior clinical leaders to promote and share best practices for the medical direction of State Medicaid programs;
- Facilitating the exchange of the network’s expertise and experience to Federal agencies and national organizations involved in creating policy or implementing programs; and
- Assisting in the implementation of nationally significant multistate measurement and quality improvement projects.
As the professional home of the MMDN, AcademyHealth has maintained a strategic partnership with state Medicaid Medical Directors spanning more than a decade with support from various funders and partners including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).