The exponential value of integrating cross-agency data: Lessons from Washington State’s David Mancuso
Many Medicaid programs across the nation are seeking to foster cross-agency alignment to improve outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries. In particular, integrated data sources from multiple agencies can be critical for informing policy and programmatic decisions, in addition to identifying disparities across populations. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is nationally recognized for its analytic capacity and successes in integrating data from several state agencies. David Mancuso, PhD, director of Washington State’s Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA), led the development of RDA’s Integrated Client Databases, a robust data repository that links Medicaid medical, behavioral health, and long-term care data with Medicare, social service, criminal justice, housing, child welfare, employment, and vital statistics data. This analytic resource has been used in Washington State to inform decisions about health and human service program operations and budget priorities. CHCS recently spoke with Dr. Mancuso about the division’s innovative approach to leveraging multiple data sources to improve outcomes and health equity in Washington.
Moran L, Yard R. The exponential value of integrating cross-agency data: Lessons from Washington State’s David Mancuso. Center for Health Care Strategies Blog; March 10, 2020. Available online.