Stephen Kuncaitis

Stephen Kuncaitis

Senior Researcher
Name Pronunciation stee-ven kunn-SIGH-tiss
Pronouns he/him/his

Stephen Kuncaitis’s career centers around supporting states’ efforts to improve health care data collection and maintenance. He specializes in facilitating evaluations of the effectiveness of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and enhancing health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

For over a decade, Kuncaitis has worked closely with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to collect Medicaid and CHIP operational administrative data from states and convert those data into research-friendly formats for a wide range of federal, state, academic, and commercial data users. He has worked directly with states, and now provides his expertise to a team that works with states, to improve the mapping of data from states’ systems to the format used by the federal Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS). He has supported public health program evaluations using Medicaid and CHIP data for an array of programs, including Money Follows the Person; Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment; and the Morris Hood III Chronic Kidney Disease Prevention Initiative.

Kuncaitis has been recognized as a key contributor on many federal reports, such as the annual Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment and Program Characteristics reports, Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission reports, and reports to Congress. He looks forward to expanding CMS’s analytic capabilities by drawing on and interconnecting multiple CMS systems, such as MACFin and the Medicaid Drug Programs system.

Kuncaitis has an M.P.A. in health care administration from Western Michigan University and a B.S. in sociology from Michigan State University.

  • Medicaid and CHIP Policy and Program Data
  • Medicaid and CHIP data systems
  • Data quality and analytics
  • T-MSIS and TAF
Focus Area Topics
  • Health
  • Medicaid and CHIP

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