Medicaid Managed Care Organization Learning Hub

State Medicaid leaders, community partners, and managed care organizations (MCOs) require current, trustworthy information to provide high-quality care to all Americans in our shifting health care landscape.

Medicaid leaders and MCOs are looking for ways to improve physical and behavioral health outcomes and address the social needs, and long-term services and supports, of their members. The NORC MCO Learning Hub is committed to providing information on ways to address health equity and transform health care with a focus on state Medicaid leaders, consumer groups, MCOs, and other industry experts. The Learning Hub offers reliable and timely resources as well as opportunities to convene and share ideas about short- and long-term strategies that can close longstanding and growing health gaps among often vulnerable groups so they may live their healthiest lives. NORC and its partner Speire Healthcare Strategies LLC are working together on this project to support Medicaid leaders and MCOs in their efforts to establish a more integrated approach to meet the needs of their members.

What’s New: Managed Care Webinar Series – Innovations in Medicaid, with Support from MolinaCares Accord
With support from the MolinaCares Accord, the NORC MCO Learning Hub is hosting a new six-part quarterly webinar series highlighting innovations in Medicaid, through December 2022. The webinar series will include national experts discussing the latest trends, initiatives, programs and findings on timely topics important to improving the Medicaid program and meeting the needs of beneficiaries. Subscribe to our listserv to receive future webinar registration information and notifications on new content.

Next Webinar: Successful Strategies in Behavioral Health Integration

Join us (REGISTER HERE) on October 24, 2022, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST for Part V of the Medicaid Managed Care Webinar Series – Innovations in Medicaid with Support from The MolinaCares Accord.

The need and demand for behavioral health services continues to rise across the country. The ability for families, providers and payers to connect to the full range of care and respond effectively is critical. A fully integrated model that includes behavioral and physical health coverage can empower states, Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and providers to holistically meet the needs of beneficiaries. This webinar will highlight the state of Washington’s framework to integrate behavioral health from the policy, payer, and provider perspectives. Speakers will share key strategies to address operational and structural challenges for integration, how partnerships between the state, MCOs and providers can be leveraged to implement the model and the benefits of “carving in” behavioral health services. The webinar will also provide an overview the programs and services launched as a result of integrating behavioral health services and lessons learned.

Our panel will be facilitated by Tom Betlach, a Partner of Speire Healthcare Strategies and will feature Jason McGill, Assistant Director of Medicaid Program Operations and Integrity, Washington State Health Care Authority, Drew Hill, Chief Executive Officer, Excelsior Wellness and Dr. Sasha Waring, Behavioral Health Medical Director, Molina Healthcare.

Your ideas and opinions are important to us. We welcome your feedback and recommendations for future MCO Learning Hub work, as well as programs you are working on to better serve your needs.

To start the conversation please email us at

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Funded by MolinaCares Accord

Successful Strategies in Behavioral Health Integration
October 24, 2022– 1:00 p.m. ET
Presentation Slides | Video Recording

How Can States Engage with Health Plan Foundations to Address Health Disparities
July 18, 2022– 3:00 p.m. ET
Presentation Slides | Video Recording

How States Can Use ARPA Funding to Support HCBS Technology Needs
March 9, 2022– 2:00 p.m. ET
Presentation Slides | Video Recording

Addressing the Care Fragmentation Crisis for Dually Eligible Individuals
November 1, 2021– 1:00 p.m. ET
Presentation Slides | Video Recording

Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Medicaid Members Post-Pandemic
July 29, 2021– 2:00 p.m. ET
Presentation Slides | Video Recording

The Latest Key Findings and Recommendations from the MCO Learning Hub

In order to disseminate the top-level learnings to the field, the MCO Learning Hub is now releasing key findings and recommendations from its first year, which highlight take-aways from the three focus areas of the project (SDOH, behavioral health and member engagement) as well as other timely topical areas, such as how MCOs responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, MCO investments in affordable housing, and MCO health equity efforts.


MCO Investments in Affordable Housing
February 2, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Video Recording| Presentation Slides | Q&A | Summary & Analysis

Medicaid MCO Overview and Financing Webinar
November 19, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Video Recording | Presentation Slides | Q&A

Medicaid MCO Authorities and Partnership Strategies Webinar
December 3, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Video Recording | Presentation Slides | Q&A

COVId-19 Resources

Focus on a COVID-19 Vaccination: The Role of Medicaid Managed Care Organizations: This brief, developed from group discussions with MCOs and CBOs on member engagement, highlights the role of MCOs in COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts as well as in building public trust for vaccination.

Medicaid Managed Care Response to COVID-19: This issue brief addresses how Medicaid MCOs and states can individually and collectively play a role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemic Unveils Challenges in Access to Health Care and Trusted Sources of Information

Concerns over Getting Sick with COVID-19 and Paying for Health Care Disproportionately Affect Communities of Color


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