SoonerCare Choice Program Independent Evaluation

This is the updated version of the November 2013 report. SoonerCare is Oklahoma’s program for Medicaid beneficiaries; SoonerCare Choice is the managed care portion of SoonerCare. The program is administered by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) and operates under the aegis of a federal “Section 1115 waiver” that permits enrollment of certain groups into managed (coordinated) systems of care. 

Seventy percent of all SoonerCare beneficiaries are enrolled in SoonerCare Choice, with children comprising the great majority of SoonerCare Choice members. Although the SoonerCare Choice program has undergone significant evolution since its early years, the program’s overarching goals have remained constant: To provide accessible, high quality and cost effective care to the Oklahoma Medicaid population. Recently-launched initiatives have sought to advance these goals.

In 2008, the OHCA implemented the SoonerCare “Health Management Program” (HMP), a holistic person-centered care management program for members with chronic conditions who have been identified as being at high risk for both adverse outcomes and increased health care expenditures. The SoonerCare HMP emphasizes development of member self-management skills and provider adherence to evidence-based guidelines and best practices. In 2009, the OHCA introduced the “patient centered medical home” model (PCMH), under 
which members are aligned with a primary care provider responsible for meeting strict access and quality of care standards. PCMH providers are arrayed into three levels, or tiers, depending on the number of standards they agree to meet. The OHCA pays monthly care management fees (in addition to regular fee-for-service payments) that increase at the higher tiers. Providers also can earn “SoonerExcel” quality incentives for meeting performance targets, such as for preventive care, member use of the ER and prescribing of generic drugs.

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