Medicaid Leadership Exchange

By Center for Health Care Strategies and the National Association of Medicaid Directors

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A podcast series exploring priority topics for Medicaid leaders developed in partnership with the National Association of Medicaid Directors and the Center for Health Care Strategies through support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Inside Medicaid’s Workforce Recovery
26:32

Medicaid, like nearly every other sector, is facing staff burnout following two-plus years of the pandemic. Recruiting Medicaid staff, however, presents unique challenges since it can be highly technical work. This new episode of the Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast explores the inner workings of Medicaid’s workforce recovery and the opportunity to build a more diverse,... Read more »

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Jul 01, 2022
Medicaid’s Ongoing Equity Commitment
35:59

Medicaid leaders explore what a commitment to equity means for Medicaid and how to put it into action.

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Jun 17, 2022
Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Children
39:50

Three Medicaid leaders discuss the behavioral health needs of children and opportunities for Medicaid to better support those needs.

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Jun 03, 2022
Leading Medicaid Out of Emergency and Into Its Future
38:29

Three former Medicaid directors explore what they would prioritize now and into the future when the public health emergency unwinds — and where blind spots may lie.

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May 20, 2022
Talking about Anti-Racism and Health Equity: A Conversation with Tekisha Everette, Jim Jones, and Lisa Lee
36:42

Critical conversations about health equity can be productive when there is a shared and agreed-upon language amongst Medicaid agencies. In this episode of the Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast, Tekisha Everette, executive director, Health Equity Solutions, Lisa Lee, commissioner, at the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services, and Jim Jones, Medicaid Director, at the Wisconsin Department of... Read more »

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Jul 26, 2021
Implementing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts to Better Support Staff of Color
30:25

The past year has seen many sectors of health care increasingly pursue diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts as health equity become a more prominent topic. In this episode of the Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast, Ivory Banks, chief of staff at the Department of Medical Assistance Services, Commonwealth of Virginia, and Marlia Mattke, assistant administrator at... Read more »

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Jul 26, 2021
Using Data to Empower Medicaid to Support Health Equity
33:00

Effective data measurement is critical for Medicaid programs seeking to advance health equity and better understand different experiences of populations served by the program. In this episode of the Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast, Ben Shaffer, Medicaid Director at the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and Kelly Cunningham, Interim Medicaid Administrator at... Read more »

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Jul 12, 2021
Building Health Equity into Medicaid Budgeting
31:08

The COVID-19 pandemic, ensuing recession, and amplification of issues related to health equity have forced state Medicaid agencies to evaluate their budgets and investments to better serve Medicaid enrollees. In this episode of the Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast, Tracy Johnson, Medicaid director at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, and Caprice Knapp,... Read more »

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Jun 21, 2021
Addressing Barriers to Care for Rural Medicaid Enrollees in Maine and Texas
28:39

People who live in rural areas often experience health disparities caused by barriers to health care, such as lack of transportation, a shortage of providers, and closures of rural hospitals. In this episode of the Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast, Michelle Probert, director at the Office of MaineCare Services, and Stephanie Stephens, associate commissioner of the... Read more »

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Jun 07, 2021
Vaccine Equity Strategies: Perspectives from Georgia and West Virginia

As COVID-19 vaccines become broadly available in the U.S., state Medicaid leaders face ongoing challenges around equitable vaccine distribution and access for Medicaid enrollees, particularly for individuals from historically marginalized communities. In this episode of the Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast, Lynnette Rhodes, executive director of medical assistance plans at the Georgia Department of Community Health,... Read more »

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May 03, 2021
Developing While Working Remotely
5:13

As you continue to lead through the crisis from home, it is necessary to develop some new routines. One of the best ways to adapt to your new professional setting is to make time for your own development. In this episode of Quick-Takes for Medicaid Leaders Amid COVID-19, Ed O’Neil, PhD, MPA, a leadership development expert,... Read more »

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Aug 17, 2020
Dealing with Extended Sheltering During COVID-19
5:56

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, most of us remain sheltered at home. Many people are becoming fatigued by the loss of boundaries between work and personal time — especially as summer is often a time to recharge. In this episode of Quick-Takes for Medicaid Leaders Amid COVID-19, Ed O’Neil, PhD, MPA, a leadership development expert,... Read more »

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Aug 05, 2020
Enlisting Others to Achieve Goals
7:38

An effective leader needs to know how to enlist others to achieve goals, but this can be a new challenge when everyone is working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of Quick-Takes for Medicaid Leaders Amid COVID-19, Ed O’Neil, PhD, MPA, a leadership development expert, and Hilary Kennedy, program director for Medicaid leadership at the... Read more »

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Jul 30, 2020
Pivoting to Strategy During COVID-19 and Beyond
7:07

Once past coping with immediate needs during difficult times, Medicaid leaders must be able to pivot to develop strategies that can guide the organizational response in the coming months. In this episode of Quick-Takes for Medicaid Leaders Amid COVID-19, Ed O’Neil, PhD, MPA, a leadership development expert, and Hilary Kennedy, program director for Medicaid leadership... Read more »

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Jul 29, 2020
Using Vision as Coherence During Unsettling Times
7:56

To ensure all levels of an organization have a leadership vision, Medicaid leaders must be able to provide coherence to those around them. In this episode of Quick-Takes for Medicaid Leaders Amid COVID-19, Ed O’Neil, PhD, MPA, a leadership development expert, and Hilary Kennedy, program director for Medicaid leadership at the National Association of Medicaid Directors, discuss... Read more »

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Jul 13, 2020
Addressing VUCA as a Leader
6:17

The COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainties, and the racial injustices left unaddressed for generations have led to the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment we are all working within today. In this episode of Quick-Takes for Medicaid Leaders Amid COVID-19, Ed O’Neil, PhD, MPA, a leadership development expert, and Hilary Kennedy, program director for Medicaid leadership at the... Read more »

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Jul 13, 2020
Addressing Employee Underperformance
6:56

Underperformance in any situation is a complex and challenging issue for leaders to address whether working in-person or virtually. In this episode, Ed O’Neil, PhD, MPA, a leadership development expert, speaks with Hilary Kennedy, program director for Medicaid leadership at the National Association of Medicaid Directors, about tips to address employee underperformance while working virtually... Read more »

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Jun 23, 2020
Using Emotional Intelligence to Influence
7:00

One of the greatest challenges for those in leadership roles is learning how to influence without formal authority. In this episode of Quick-Takes for Medicaid Leaders Amid COVID-19, Ed O’Neil, PhD, MPA, a leadership development expert speaks with Hilary Kennedy, program director for Medicaid leadership at the National Association of Medicaid Directors, about how state leaders can... Read more »

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May 19, 2020
Building and Using Relationships During COVID-19
5:35

Working remotely during COVID-19 can make relationship building a challenge. In this episode of Quick-Takes for Medicaid Leaders Amid COVID-19, Ed O’Neil, PhD, MPA, a leadership development expert, speaks with Hilary Kennedy, program director for Medicaid leadership at the National Association of Medicaid Directors, about opportunities for state leaders to create and foster relationships virtually. View accompanying... Read more »

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May 19, 2020
Delegating While Working Remotely
5:21

Delegating projects or tasks during a pandemic means doing so virtually, which creates obstacles that would not be there if it were in person. In this episode of Quick-Takes for Medicaid Leaders Amid COVID-19, Ed O’Neil, PhD, MPA, a leadership development expert, speaks with Hilary Kennedy, program director for Medicaid leadership at the National Association of Medicaid... Read more »

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May 19, 2020
Developing Others When No One is Around
4:36

With COVID-19 forcing organizations to work from home to flatten the curve, developing others has become a challenge. In this episode, Ed O’Neil, PhD, MPA, a leadership development expert speaks with Hilary Kennedy, program director for Medicaid leadership at the National Association of Medicaid Directors about strategies Medicaid leaders can use to continue developing their... Read more »

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May 18, 2020
Moving the Needle on Maternal and Infant Mortality: A Conversation with New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia
38:33

The heartbreaking statistics on maternal and infant mortality have motivated Medicaid and public health agencies across the country to partner in developing strategies that increase the likelihood of healthy outcomes before, during, and following birth. In this Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast, staff from New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia Medicaid, and the Association of State and... Read more »

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Mar 18, 2020
Creating Meaningful Consumer Engagement in Medicaid: Perspectives from Colorado and Washington State
27:50

Medicaid programs serve millions of Americans across the country. One important component of serving consumers well is ensuring that they have a voice in program design and operations. In this Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast, MaryAnne Lindeblad, BSN, MPH, Washington State Medicaid director, and Tracy Johnson, PhD, Colorado Medicaid director, discuss the strategies and challenges they... Read more »

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Feb 18, 2020
Staying on Mission in Wisconsin Medicaid: Strategies for Engaging Staff
32:43

Holding a leadership role in a Medicaid agency means that the days are busy and often pulled in multiple directions. In this dynamic environment, it can be challenging to find the time to focus on staff, their bandwidth, and their understanding of the agency’s vision. Making a commitment to staff morale and finding time for... Read more »

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Jan 21, 2020
Ensuring Strategic Program Sustainability in Medicaid
33:41

Medicaid often represents one of the largest portions of a state budget and is a critical resource for individuals and families when state economies are struggling. With growing speculation about the timing of the next recession, planning for financial sustainability is on the minds of many Medicaid leaders. In this Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast, Connecticut’s... Read more »

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Dec 18, 2019
Developing Cross-Agency Collaboration to Better Serve Children in Foster Care
25:58

Nearly all children in foster care are eligible for Medicaid. Building strong relationships between state Medicaid and child welfare agencies can help ensure that the needs of children and families in the child welfare system are met. In this Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast, West Virginia Medicaid director Cindy Beane and Kentucky Medicaid director Carol Steckel... Read more »

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Nov 20, 2019
Facilitating Cross-Agency Collaboration involving Medicaid
20:19

It’s been a long time since Medicaid agencies simply paid claims for services delivered. In many states, Medicaid is a key driver of broader delivery system and payment reforms, and often works in partnership with other agencies to innovate the way states address social determinants of health and gaps in health equity. Join Gretchen Hammer,... Read more »

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May 02, 2019
Developing Medicaid Agency Executive Teams
29:22

A highly-functioning executive team is an invaluable asset to a Medicaid director. But highly-functioning teams don’t just happen by magic. It takes effort and a conscious commitment to identify the right mix of skills, expertise, responsibilities, and personalities. Join Gretchen Hammer, MPH, former Colorado Medicaid director and senior strategic advisor for the National Association of... Read more »

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May 02, 2019
The Art & Science of Setting the Leadership Frame
30:24

Medicaid is an ever-evolving terrain, requiring program leaders to adapt, while simultaneously maintaining predictability for agency staff. One way to walk that tightrope is to build authentic relationships, establishing trust internally and externally. Join this conversation with Gretchen Hammer, former Colorado Medicaid director and senior strategic advisor for the National Association of Medicaid Directors, and... Read more »

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May 02, 2019