What is Vital Signs?
If you have ever wanted to learn more about Mississippi Medicaid’s work to realize the values of Accountability, Consistency, and Respect while providing access to quality health coverage for vulnerable Mississippians, Vital Signs is a great place to start! Launched in early 2019, Vital Signs displays key Mississippi Medicaid metrics allowing anyone to quickly check certain Medicaid statistics and follow recent program trends. Most of the information presented in Medicaid Vital Signs will be updated on a monthly basis.
The Vital Signs Dashboard
Click on the tabs below to view each category of reporting. Drag the circle along the bottom of each report to see trends over time.
How does Medicaid measure quality?
The Division of Medicaid aims to apply values of accountability, consistency, and respect in all endeavors. In order to promote increasingly efficient and effective utilization of Agency funds, the Division of Medicaid began the implementation of quality initiatives in 2019.
Three programs currently assess the performance of hospitals, coordinated care organizations, and the State’s academic medical center while forming the basis of value-based payment methods.
- QIPP: The Quality Incentive Payment Program is designed to promote collaborative efforts to improve the overall wellness and quality of health of Mississippi Medicaid lives insured. QIPP is currently being implemented in phases, associating hospital reimbursements with an increasing number of performance indicators annually. Among the Program’s primary initiatives is the strategic reduction in preventable hospitalizations. Hospitals participating in the Mississippi Hospital Access Program (MHAP) are subject to the QIPP incentive payment structure.
- MAPS: The Mississippi Medicaid Access to Physician Services program is designed to protect access of Mississippi Medicaid lives insured to physician services, particularly to specialty care. Developed collaboratively with the State’s academic medical center, UMMC, the MAPS program helps ensure equitable access to qualified specialists who practice within the UMMC medical system.
- The Managed Care Value-Based Withhold Program utilizes standardized Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) performance indicators to incentivize coordinated care organizations like Magnolia Health, Molina, and UnitedHealthcare to demonstrate excellence in their delivery of medical services to MississippiCAN lives insured.
Programs such as these are intentionally designed to apply our organization’s core values. To learn more about the specific payment structures associated with quality programs, visit the Value-Based Incentives page of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid’s website.