Medicaid Analyses with Short Turnaround (MAST)

The North Carolina Division of Health Benefits (“NC Medicaid”) has committed up to $400,000 over the 2018-2019 State Fiscal Year to fund short-term analysis informing Medicaid program administration. It anticipates funding five research projects (approximately $68,000 each), with the aim of leveraging existing partnerships with The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and the School of Social Work to researchers from across the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to produce high-quality, data-driven, timely, actionable analysis and policy recommendations that support the work of NC Medicaid. Projects should be quick turnaround policy-relevant research designed to be completed by June 30, 2019. Potential investigators are invited to submit applications (see below for format) for individual projects that correspond to Medicaid’s priority areas, which are listed below, not in any specific order:

  • Social determinants of health (aka Opportunities for Health, Building Blocks for Health)
  • Perinatal health (infant and maternal), including upstream factors that influence
  • Early childhood
  • Beneficiary engagement
  • Medicaid reform (not a formal evaluation of the §1115 waiver, but special topics that
    could influence policy, such as more detailed analyses of, e.g., network adequacy,
    experiences of special populations, etc.)
  • Behavioral health integration
  • LTSS (non-dual and dual populations, analysis that could help with current and future
  • Opioids

Though these topics span beyond Medicaid recipients, project proposals should focus on these priorities within Medicaid (e.g., early childhood in the context of the Medicaid population). The analyses should be performed using the Medicaid claims data currently available through the Carolina Cost and Quality Initiative (and Data dictionary) If additional or identifiable data (e.g. vital records, Controlled Substance Reporting System, social services data (e.g. SNAP and/or WIC), or Department of Correction) are determined to be necessary for the project, NC Medicaid staff will do their best to help researchers access those data, but note that such data use approvals cannot be guaranteed.

Phase 1: Written proposal Due 8:00 am Monday, November 19, 2018.
Please submit via email to with the subject “MAST proposal”.

For more information see the MAST Call For Proposals 2018 or contact Kristie Thompson.

Madhu Vulimiri, NC Medicaid

Kristie Thompson, UNC Sheps Center