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Block Grants: An Alternative Method For Funding Medicaid

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A basic overview of block grants and what to know if your state is moving in that direction.

Following the recent government announcement of Block Grants as an alternative method to fund Medicaid, we are resharing Echo’s Senior Knowledge Engineer, Suki Norris’ past webinar: Block Grants: A Heavy Lift?

This webinar introduces Block Grants as a proposed method for funding Medicaid. The introduction includes a deep dive into their historical and current use along with the pros and cons. A particular focus on the challenges presented with Block Grants—they generally provide more choice and less funding—is also explored. Finally, Suki looks at what can be done if block grants are in your future.

Webinar takeaways include:

  1. Defining block grants
  2. Identifying the use of block grants in funding Medicaid
  3. Providing action steps in response to block grant funding

This webinar includes a bibliography and question/answer session.

Presenter information: Suki Norris, JD Senior Knowledge Engineer, The Echo Group Suki has 35 years of experience in Healthcare including Healthcare law, Managed Care, and Behavioral Health. She has been with the Echo Group for 20 years. Suki has extensive experience with Medicaid waivers, Meaningful Use, and the Excellence in Mental Health Act. She has worked extensively in data analysis including working with big data in support of clients and ongoing research. Her knowledge of Behavioral Health law has been sought by customers across the country as they address specific needs such as the use of an Electronic Health Record and the challenges of HIE and the inclusion of behavioral health data. She has presented on a variety of topics including 42CFR Part 2, the challenge of parity, quality measures in behavioral health, value-based payment, and integrated/collaborated care.

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