Make the best, evidence-based decisions for improving health outcomes.


The Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions Project (MED)

is a collaboration of state agencies. MED produces reports and other tools to help state policymakers make the best, evidence-based decisions for improving health outcomes. The reports provide valuable evidence about effective treatments as well as information about harmful or unnecessary services. MED participants have access to policy and evidence resources that support sound decision-making with unbiased analyses of complex issues.

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Benefits of Joining MED

Evidence & Policy Reports

The MED project produces evidence-based answers to well-defined questions, providing MED participants with access to proprietary reports on a variety of policy and evidence issues. These reports utilize robust research strategies to appropriately cover clinical, policy, and financial issues. Most reports are available to members only through the MED Clearinghouse. Occasionally reports are made public on a case by case basis. View recent reports made public.

Collaboration & Dissemination of Best Practices

The MED Project is bolstered by the collective knowledge and expertise of its participants. In addition to bimonthly conference calls, participants meet in-person biannually. These unique forums allow MED participants and other key staff to share ideas, and collaboratively address common issues. In addition to its regular meetings, workgroups addressing current challenges on priority issues for states convene regularly. The workgroups review evidence and policies as well as share current state practices. There are currently five workgroups meeting to address:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • E-Health
  • Genetic Testing
  • Substance Use

Rapid Response to State Specific Needs

MED participants have access to MED’s Participant Request Service, which allows participants to request brief reviews of the evidence on emerging state issues, at any time. The MED team will quickly search for evidence and produce a report on the specified topic. Participant Requests can take a variety of forms, including expert librarian search, brief evidence summary, policy brief, or review of information provided by a vendor.

“The topics the Center reviews are often terribly complex, and those of us who’ve done this type of work certainly appreciate the high quality of analysis done by MED. As I’ve shared with many colleagues, Medicaid beneficiaries are fortunate to have such smart and dedicated professionals working to improve the programs.”

— Alex Malter, MD, MPH Former Medicaid Medical Director, State of Alaska

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