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In the throes of headlines that feed either supporters or critics of the Affordable Care Act, it is time to take a look at innovation in progress. Let’s take a look at the states that have established their own state-based exchanges (SBEs)[1] to deliver quality, affordable health care to millions and bolster the march toward […]

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    Tasmania, Australia’s only island state, encompasses an area of 26,262 square miles – an area roughly the size of West Virginia – and is home to just over half a million Australians, most of them low income. According to Tasmania Medicare Local CEO Phil Edmondson, “We are the oldest and sickest and most poorly educated […]

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    Walkabout Medical Homes with Mary Takach: A 10-month Study of Australia February 2015    Reducing inappropriate utilization of the emergency department (ED) is a very common focus of health systems, payers, and practices seeking to improve health care quality and reduce costs. To help break the cycle of non-emergency ED use lists of “superutilizers” are […]

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    February 24, 2015 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog
  • Australian Policymakers Taking Cues from ‘Shark Tank’ on Disruptive Innovation
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    Walkabout Medical Homes with Mary Takach: A 10-month Study of Australia January 2015  Many people are familiar with the U.S. television show, Shark Tank, where budding entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to a panel of industry giants or “sharks,” ultimately convincing one or more of them to invest. Imagine taking a similar premise and adopting it as […]

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    January 22, 2015 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog
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    Improving care for children and youth with special health care needs, also known as CYSHCN, brought together a select group of Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Coordinators and Title V children and CYSHCN directors this October as part of NASHP’s 2014 Annual State Health Policy Conference. These state leaders, who are responsible for […]

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    Walkabout Medical Homes with Mary Takach: A 10-month Study of Australia December 2014  There are many reasons residents in aged care facilities end up in emergency departments (EDs), but a significant number of these visits, between 40 and 67 percent according to research, are potentially avoidable (NCHS, 2004; Ouslander, 2010). One reason for many unnecessary ED […]

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    December 22, 2014 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog
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    Walkabout Medical Homes with Mary Takach: A 10-month Study of Australia November 2014  According to the World Health Organization, the cost of mental health problems in developed countries is estimated to be between 3% and 4% of GNP. In addition, the cost to national economies in terms of economic burden (productivity) can add up to several […]

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    November 24, 2014 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog
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    As we have done for many years, with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, NASHP convened the nation’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) directors in conjunction with our recent 27th Annual State Health Policy Conference. This year the CHIP Directors’ meeting included discussions aimed at surfacing policy issues and questions that states are […]

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    November 13, 2014 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog
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    Walkabout Medical Homes with Mary Takach: A 10-month Study of Australia October 2014  Q. If you build a medical home, will they come? A. It depends on the population served. For disenfranchised, complex populations, if there are no concerted efforts, the answer is a resounding no. Enter Community Liaison Officers (CLO)—a role created by the Institute for […]

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    October 17, 2014 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog
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    Changing care delivery at the practice level is hard. It requires offering providers the right mix of incentives including payment, staff, and technical resources, such as data analytics. Engaging providers to take part in a new delivery system reform initiative is also difficult. North Carolina’s Pregnancy Medical Home (PMH) program provides an example of offering […]

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    October 17, 2014 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog