Monitoring Regional Access With Administrative Data

Monitoring Regional Access With Administrative Data

Medicaid Access Technical Assistance Brief 4
Published: Nov 01, 2018
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Associated Project

Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services

Time frame: 2016–2019

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services

This brief presents two methods that state Medicaid agencies can use to assess regional differences in access. Both methods derive from traditional statistical methods sometimes used in clinical research to compare test and control populations, but useful also in comparing populations that are different in personal characteristics, that might affect use of services independent of regional differences in access. The brief discusses the advantages and challenges of these methods and provides examples of how they might be applied in the context of monitoring access for Medicaid enrollees.

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