Below is a press release from The Mississippi Legislative PEER Committee:
The Mississippi Legislative PEER Committee has recently released a report examining Medicaid titled: An Evaluability Assessment of the Mississippi Delta Medicaid Population Health Demonstration Project.
Below are the recommendations made from the report:
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1. DOM should report to the Legislature (e. g., Chairmen of the Senate and House Public Health Committees, Medicaid Committees, and Appropriations Committees) by December 31, 2021, alternatives for how DOM would utilize such funding if not allocated to the Project and the reasons why.
2. In order for PEER to evaluate the Project’s evaluability in future years, DHA should implement the following steps:
a. Develop a documented research methodology for how the program is evaluated;
b. Develop performance measures, as required by the Legislature, including not only identifying outcome measures in which to report on the Project but identifying what levels are to be achieved. Additional performance measures might include but are not limited to:
i. Number of participants completing each program each year;
ii. Program completion rate; and,
iii. Program non-completion rate.
c. Document Project performance. This includes source data, metrics, and dates in Project evaluations.
3. The Legislature should require DOM to oversee the Project and report its findings in conjunction with DHA’s annual progress report. This includes:
a. assessing the efficacy of such performance metrics established by DHA;
b. monitoring the Project’s process toward achieving established performance metrics;
c. evaluating DHA’s compliance with developing a documented written methodology in which to evaluate and assess the Project’s performance;
d. determining, in conjunction with DHA, the extent of program overlap/service overlap with other state-funded programs; and,
e. establishing and enforcing oversight mechanisms on holding DHA accountable (e.g., authority to assess liquidated damages).
The full 79-page report is attached below: