The Medicaid Transformation Project (MTP) is a national effort to transform healthcare and address related social needs for the most vulnerable. Throughout this two-year mission, health systems will implement innovative solutions that address challenges like behavioral health and substance use disorder. MTP aims to create long-term systemic impact over the next 10 years with the goal of improving the health of 75 million Americans.

On this episode, we talk with David Smith, who is the Project Executive for the Medicaid Transformation Project. David tells us how Avia, in partnership with healthcare leaders and Andy Slavitt, is on a mission to change the health and care of the Medicaid population by leveraging digital solutions and innovative care models to more effectively and efficiently meet its needs.

There’s a lot to get into here, including:

  • Who is Avia and why are they a good candidate to tackle this problem?
  • How did Andy Slavitt get involved?
  • Why does Medicaid need to be transformed in the first place?
  • Why do we need another Medicaid transformation effort on top of the DSRIP and other 1115 Medicaid Waivers in place across the country?
  • How do you balance incrementalism with big structural and systemic changes to drive innovation today?
  • What problems are you focusing on and how did you select them?
  • What is MTP’s framework for sourcing and evaluating innovations?
  • Is MTP focused more on clinical outcomes or business outcomes?
  • How will you prove you’ve been successful?

We cover all that and more, and that’s just part 1! Check out this amazing conversation with an inspiring healthcare leader and then come back for Part 2 next week!

About David Smith

David is the Project Executive for the Medicaid Transformation Project. Prior to joining AVIA, David was the Chief Client Strategies Officer and a Partner with Leavitt Partners.

David’s expertise lies in the areas of managed care, alternative payment models, and public health. He has established several coalitions focused on these efforts, most notably in the areas of opioid use disorder recovery, individual market stabilization, and consumer-engagement platforms. He is the co-founder of the Health Care Council of Chicago, a group of Chicago-based health care businesses focused on economic development, system transformation, and social disparities.

David is a founding member of Third Horizon Strategies, an organization that supports companies with strategic planning responsive to current and expected policy and market environmental conditions. He also serves on the board of the Sinai Hospital System and HIMSS North America. He is also on the Founder’s Council of United States of Care, a non-partisan initiative focused on expanding health care access.

David lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.

About Avia

AVIA leads a network of health systems working together to innovate and transform. AVIA Innovator Network members solve pressing challenges with digital solutions that deliver financial and clinical results. AVIA provides strategic focus and a collaborative approach to accelerate innovation. Learn more at aviahealthinnovation.com. Follow them on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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