NJ Dept. of Human Services Home to Medicaid Innovation Office

Medicaid Innovation Office Working to Improve Quality, Delivery & Value of Care

Did you know? The New Jersey Department of Human Services now has an Office of Medicaid Innovation. This new Office is aimed at improving quality, delivery & value of care.

Gregory Woods is the Chief Innovation Officer at the Office of Medicaid Innovation. Gregory attended the April 3 Supporting Housing Association of New Jersey (SHA) member meeting. At the meeting, Gregory shared about his background and as part of his new role, asked attendees for feedback on consumer metrics of success in supportive housing, measuring those metrics, and barriers.

The Office of Medicaid Innovation was created improve the quality, delivery and cost of care within the state’s Medicaid program.

The Office leads New Jersey Medicaid’s work on value-based payment and purchasing strategies. It will focus on identifying opportunities for innovative approaches to the relationship between Medicare and Medicaid. It will also focus on partnering with stakeholders to explore alternative payment models to drive the best clinical outcomes while getting the best value for health care dollars.

“Our Medicaid program serves nearly two million New Jerseyans and is vital to our state’s health care system, which is why it is important that we are ensuring that we deliver the best value for this investment and that we lean-in on innovation,” said Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson. “This new office will prove beneficial to consumers and providers alike.”

The state’s Medicaid program is known as NJ FamilyCare, which provides health coverage to adults and children with low- or moderate incomes. The state- and federally-funded program provides a wide-range of services, including doctor visits, hospital services, prescriptions, tests, vision care, mental health care, dental, and nursing and community-based home care.

Before coming to the Office of Medicaid Innovation, Gregory most recently served as the Director of the Policy and Programs Group at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS) in Baltimore. At CMS, he oversaw or supported the launch of several payment and delivery system reform initiatives and developed policies that support new approaches to payment for Medicaid and Medicare. Before his time at CMS, he worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he helped oversee payment and delivery system reforms within Medicare.

The creation of a new office to lead this work is an affirmation of the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ long-term commitment to the important groundwork, design and development needed to seed new approaches to payment and care delivery.