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Benefits of Pharmacist Interactions with High-Risk Medicaid Enrollees

This study evaluated medication adherence among adult, non-dual eligible Medicaid enrollees of a comprehensive medication review (CMR) program, which coordinates communication between pharmacists, physicians, and the patient.  Results revealed that medication procession ratios (MPRs) increased and medication nonpersistence decreased for  members being treated for depression, diabetes or hypertension.

SF-12 Responses Indicate Benefit of HRCM Program

To evaluate the efficacy of CareSource’s Care Management program, members engaged with the program regularly complete a self-assessment, the Short Form 12 (SF-12) Health Survey. Responses to the SF-12, collected over the course of 15 consecutive months, indicated that most members experienced an increased sense of well-being during their involvement in the program.

On the Edge of Competitive Sustainability: Maintaining a Highly Engaged Workforce in a Culture of Rapid Growth

CareSource maintains high Employee Engagement (EE) scores in the midst of rapid growth in recent years. This study connects EE with CareSource’s learning culture.

Life Services

Knowing that integration is the key to disrupting the cycle of poverty, CareSource created a pilot program called Life Services, which couples the largest low-income subsidy safety net, Medicaid, with a holistic approach to addressing economic well-being and social connectedness. The long-term goal is to help members to become financially, emotionally, and socially secure so that they are able to live subsidy-free.

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Maternal Mental Health and Infant Mortality for Healthy-Weight Infants

Rates of infant mortality within the state of Ohio are significantly greater than the national average, and consequently a number of state and local agencies are working together to address the trend. These programs often focus on increasing prenatal care, as well as helping infants born at low birth weights. Though these are important efforts, they are incomplete because they seldom address the nearly 40% of infant deaths occurring among those born at a healthy weight. Thus, the focus of the present study was to explore the relationship between incidence of infant mortality and maternal severe mental illness (SMI) or substance use (SU) among healthy weight babies.

Caring by Numbers: Evaluation of Inconsistencies and Incompleteness in the Reporting of Racial and Ethnic Data

Significant health disparities throughout the lifespan have long been evident within the American, non-white population. These types of disparities could be addressed by identifying those individuals at greatest risk for chronic disease or higher mortality rates and improving their health literacy and access to care. However, this is only possible if health management organizations and care providers have accurate racial and ethnic information. As an initial step at better understanding the problem, a survey of demographic data for Ohio Medicaid beneficiaries was conducted. The results of the study revealed inconsistencies and omissions in reported race and ethnicity for nearly 10% of records received from the state. This trend was most evident among older adults and those joining under the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion. Collectively, these results suggest that the first step in correcting health disparities may be to ensure that accurate information is available about the target population.