Jul 23, 2018
States are realizing the potential benefits associated with integrating medical care and social services, and are beginning to take the first steps toward developing financing and payment models that encourage this connection. This brief, made possible by The Commonwealth Fund, reviews potential financing mechanisms to facilitate integration, with a particular focus on Medicaid. Drawing from interviews with experts across the country, it offers models ranging from one time seed funding for pilot projects to blended or braided financing arrangements that support comprehensive integration. The brief also highlights payment methodologies designed to influence providers to incorporate social services into their care efforts, with a focus on moving away from fee‐for‐service and toward value based payment strategies like global budgets.