State Health Policy Blog

By Barbara Wirth August 2013   Information drives change, and, in today’s digital age, the transformation of the health care system is increasingly linked to the use of health information technology (HIT). The days of hand-written notes, manual chart reviews and paper bills sent to payers by a health care provider practice are all but […]

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    By Carla Plaza July 2013 Over the last couple of years, we’ve heard and learned much about states’ efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, we have heard less about the continuing efforts and successes of states in covering more children. NASHP’s Children in the Vanguard project, supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies, brought […]

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    By Carrie Hanlon June 2013 It has been said (perhaps first by William Bruce Cameron), “Not everything that can be counted, counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” When it comes to state policy for health system performance improvement, a more accurate axiom might be, “What gets measured gets done”.  Leaders rely on […]

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    By Sarah Kinsler May 2013 Momentum is building at the state level for multi-payer payment and delivery system transformation. Across the country, states like Maine, Arkansas, and Oregon are partnering with commercial insurers and other stakeholders to pursue Triple Aim goals. NASHP’s new Multi-Payer Resource Center, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, will help them succeed.

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    As state and federal government officials race to meet Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation deadlines much of their attention has been focused on adults who will be newly eligible for health coverage.  Health insurance exchanges (exchanges) or marketplaces need to be prepared to serve children’s needs as well.  The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), an […]

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    By Scott Holladay March 2013 The goal of evidence-based supported employment is to place individuals with serious mental illness in real, competitive jobs. This evidence–based practice (EBP) is highly effective, resulting in competitive employment at nearly three times the rate of other vocational services.[1] Studies comparing supported employment with day treatment have shown similar results.[2] […]

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    March 5, 2013 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
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    By Alice M. Weiss, J.D. February 2013 As states embark on the final stretch before new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage options begin in 2014, most are finding their sprint has turned into more of an obstacle course, with late-breaking guidance posing new hurdles and surprises around every bend. Given all this, […]

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    February 8, 2013 | Filed under: Eligibility and Enrollment, State Health Policy Blog
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    By Larry Hinkle December 2012 Many state officials are turning their attention to the most neglected leg of the Triple Aim: improving the health of populations, which along with improving the experience of care, and reducing per capita costs of health care, is essential for system transformation efforts. The critical need to integrate population health […]

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    All children enrolled in Medicaid are entitled to dental benefits as part of the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program (EPSDT), but only 40 percent of enrolled children had a dental visit in 2010. Access to dental care remains an issue for children, and states report that most dentists treat few or no […]

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    November 7, 2012 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid, Oral Health, State Health Policy Blog
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    By Carla Plaza November 2012 If you build it will they come? If history repeats itself, they will, but not without intentional, focused efforts to reach, assist and enroll individuals and families into health care coverage. Prior to the enactment of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), very little emphasis was placed on marketing public health […]

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