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Florida Medicaid Reform Evaluation

The University of Florida (UF) is conducting a five-year evaluation of the state's Medicaid Reform Demonstration Project under a contract with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), Florida's state agency for health policy and planning. The evaluation will be conducted over the period of Florida's Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver (July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2010), as approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The evaluation study is known as the Medicaid Reform Evaluation (MRE), and is conducted by the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy at UF. The overall objective of the MRE is to assess whether Florida's Medicaid Reform accomplishes its stated objectives of delivering quality healthcare services while achieving better health outcomes and enrollee satisfaction at a more predictable lower cost.

The website provides information on the evaluation and access to key publications, talks, and presentations produced by the MRE team: http://mre.phhp.ufl.edu/

Governmental Agencies

ACCESS System (Automated Community Connection to Economic Self-Sufficiency)

This is the complete source for information on public assistance in Florida, including prescreening for eligibility, on-line application, status checks, and changes. http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/

Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)

The Florida Medicaid Program is administered by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). Visit the Agency's site for more information about Medicaid in Florida. http://ahca.myflorida.com

Department of Children and Families (DCF)

Eligibility for Florida Medicaid is determined by the state's Department of Children & Families and the Social Security Administration. DCF is committed to working in partnership with local communities to ensure safety, well-being and self-sufficiency for the people they serve. http://www.state.fl.us/cf_web/

Florida Department of Health

The mission of the Department of Health is to promote and protect the health and safety of all people in Florida through the delivery of quality public health services and the promotion of health care standards. http://www.doh.state.fl.us/index.html/

Department of Insurance/Division of Insurer Services/Bureau of Managed Care The Bureau of Managed Care

Provides enrollment and financial information about Florida's Medicaid HMOs. The mission of the Division of Insurer Services is to ensure that insurance companies licensed to do business in Florida are financially viable, operating within the laws and regulations governing the insurance industry, and offering insurance policy products at fair and adequate rates which do not unfairly discriminate against the buying public. http://www.doi.state.fl.us/Treasurer/AboutDOI/

AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a federal agency [that sponsors research focused on issues such as health care outcomes, quality of care, access to care, and cost/utilization.] / whose research provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes; quality; and cost, use, and access. Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. http://www.ahrq.gov

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS administers the Medicare and Medicaid programs - two national health care programs that benefit about 75 million Americans. Together with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), CMS runs the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), a program that is expected to cover many of the approximately 10 million uninsured children in the United States. http://www.cms.hhs.gov

Health Resources and Services Administration

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) mission is to improve and expand access to quality health care for all. Its goal is to move toward 100 percent access to health care and 0 health disparities for all Americans. HRSA jointly administers the SCHIP program with CMS. http://www.hrsa.gov

Foundations & Non-Profit Organizations

RAND

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. Areas of expertise include: child policy, civil and criminal justice, community and U.S. regional studies, drug policy, education, health, infrastructure, international policy, methodology, national security, population and aging, science and technology, and terrorism. http://www.rand.org

The Commonwealth Fund

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. The Fund is dedicated to helping people become more informed about their health care, and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, elderly people, low-income families, minority Americans, and the uninsured. The Fund's two national program areas are improving health insurance coverage and access to care and improving the quality of health care services. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries. In its own community, New York City, the Fund makes grants to improve health care and enhance public spaces and services. http://www.cmwf.org

AcademyHealth

AcademyHealth is a professional organization for health services researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners, and a leading, non-partisan resource for the best in health research and policy. In collaboration with its members and other key stakeholders, AcademyHealth supports the best health services research by expanding and improving the scientific basis of the field, increasing the capabilities and skills of researchers, and promoting the development of the necessary data resources and financial and human infrastructure. AcademyHealth also facilitates the use of the best available health services research and health policy information by translating research findings and the lessons of experience into useful information for clinical, management, and policy decisions, enhancing communication and interaction between health service researchers and health policymakers, and identifying areas in which additional research is needed to better inform decisions. http://www.academyhealth.org

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to improve the health and health care of all Americans. To achieve the most impact with its funds, the Foundation prioritizes grants into four goal areas: to assure that all Americans have access to basic health care at reasonable cost, to improve care and support for people with chronic health conditions, to promote healthy communities and lifestyles, and to reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse - tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs. http://www.rwjf.org/index.jsp

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following program areas: Conservation; Population; Science; Children, Families, and Communities; Arts; and Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy. The Foundation provides national and international grants, and also has a special focus on the Northern California counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey. We do not accept proposals to benefit specific individuals or that serve religious purposes. http://www.packard.org

The Kaiser Family Foundation

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is an independent philanthropy focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation. The Foundation is an independent voice and source of facts and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public. http://www.kff.org

The Urban Institute

The Urban Institute is a nonprofit nonpartisan policy research and educational organization established to examine the social, economic, and governance problems facing the nation. It provides information and analysis to public and private decision makers to help them address these challenges and strives to raise citizen understanding of these issues and tradeoffs in policy making. http://www.urban.org

National Association of State Medicaid Directors

The National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NASMD) is a bipartisan, professional, nonprofit organization of representatives of state Medicaid agencies (including the District of Columbia and the territories). Since 1979, NASMD has been affiliated with the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA). The primary purposes of NASMD are to serve as a focal point for communication between the states and the federal government and to provide an information network among the states on issues pertinent to the Medicaid program. http://www.nasmd.org

Milbank Memorial Fund

The Milbank Memorial Fund is an endowed national foundation that engages in nonpartisan analysis, study, research and communication on significant issues in health policy. The Fund makes available the results of its work in meetings with decision makers, reports and books, and publishes the Milbank Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal of public health and health care policy. http://www.milbank.org

Journals

Health Services Research

HSR is a forum for health services researchers, managers, policymakers, providers, and students (1) to exchange ideas, (2) to expand the knowledge and understanding of the financing, organization, delivery, and outcomes of health services; and thereby, (3) to help improve the health of individuals and communities. HSR is a published bimonthly through the Health Research and Educational Trust. Health Services Research

Milbank Quarterly

For more than 75 years, The Milbank Quarterly has been featuring peer-reviewed original research, policy review and analysis, as well as commentary from academics, clinicians, and policymakers. Its multidisciplinary approach and commitment to applying the best empirical research to practical policymaking offers in-depth assessments of the social, legal, and ethical dimensions of health care policy. Milbank Quarterly

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

Meharry Medical College's Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU) is the nation's only journal on the health and health care of low-income, minority and other medically underserved populations in North America. Adopted as its official journal by the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU), and published for Meharry by Johns Hopkins University Press, JHCPU is listed by the Kaiser Family Foundations as one of the nation's leading health policy journals. https://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_health_care_for_the_poor_and_underserved/index.html

Health Affairs

Health Affairs is a bimonthly, peer-reviewed journal that explores health policy issues of current concern. The journal's primary focus is on domestic health care, but international developments are covered as well. Health Affairs Online contains the current issue, online-only Web Exclusives articles, and an archive of all past issues since 1981. http://www.healthaffairs.org

American Journal of Public Health

The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) is dedicated to original work in research, research methods, and program evaluation in the field of public health. The journal also publishes authoritative editorials and commentaries and serves as a forum for the analysis of health policy. The stated mission of the Journal is "to advance public health research, policy, practice, and education." All published papers have undergone rigorous peer review (only one out of five submitted papers is accepted for publication). Each month, the nation's most influential public health professionals turn to AJPH for the most current, authoritative, in-depth information in the field. http://www.ajph.org

Florida Health News

Florida Health News is a free, independent, not-for-profit online news service focusing on "Florida-centric" health policy and financing issues. The website posts daily news summaries and original news articles. The site also features capsules of studies with a Florida angle, tracks health-related legislation and lists key meetings, conferences and other events. Florida Health News offers a free electronic summary of health news headlines delivered Monday through Friday. The news service is sponsored by the Florida Health Policy Center, with funding from Winter Park Health Foundation, Health Foundation of South Florida, and Palm Healthcare Foundation. http://www.floridahealthnews.org

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