Population Health

Medicaid beneficiaries often need support outside the scope of clinical health care in order to lead healthy lives, and states are uniquely poised to provide this support by addressing the social determinants of health. While states steward a variety of funding sources that address the needs of low-income populations, too often a Medicaid beneficiary must […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    In late January, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a recommendation that clinicians screen the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women, for depression. Depression screening for pregnant and postpartum women is not a new idea. The Medicaid program, as a major payer of perinatal health care covering 48 percent of all U.S. […]

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    February 5, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Population Health, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    With growing recognition that the health care delivery system alone cannot improve population health, there is increasing movement at the state and local levels to create new relationships between systems that focus on traditional health care delivery and those that extend to work, housing, family, and community life. CMMI recently announced an initiative to test […]

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  • The Accountable Health Communities initiative recently announced by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) holds promise for helping communities bridge the gap between health care and social services. This important work has the potential to improve health in communities by addressing food insecurity, housing instability, and other social determinants of health.  Although the […]

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  • The Round Two State Innovation Model (SIM) Test Awards granted by HHS to eleven states (Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Ohio, Tennessee, and Washington) support state efforts to build multi-payer models of health system transformation. As noted in a previous analysis, population health improvement is an important component of the […]

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    November 24, 2015 | Filed under: Charts, Population Health, State Refor(u)m
  • State Health Policy Blog

    At a recent NASHP preconference, Improving Health, Lowering Costs: Translating Population Health into Effective State Policy, we heard from Washington State about the innovative work currently underway as part of its Healthier Washington initiative. This panel featured MaryAnne Lindeblad from the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) and two local perspectives: Patty Hayes, Director of Public […]

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    November 13, 2015 | Filed under: Population Health, State Health Policy Blog, State Refor(u)m
  • State Health Policy Blog

    When it comes to keeping members healthy—not just treating them when they’re sick—the Oregon Health Authority knows it can pay to be flexible. Through its 1115 demonstration, Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) can pay for non-medical services that improve the health of their members while lowering costs. CCOs are local networks of Medicaid providers that […]

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  • From Alaska to Vermont, there is broad recognition across states that improving health and lowering costs requires policymakers to build links between initiatives aimed at reforming the delivery system and those that address factors outside of traditional health care that extend to work, family, and community life. Implementing this vision challenges states to find new approaches […]

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    September 25, 2015 | Filed under: Population Health, State Refor(u)m
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Recent media reports have featured chronically homeless individuals who have improved their health and reduced their emergency department use thanks to one intervention:supportive housing. According to one federal agency, supportive housing is “an approach to subsidized housing that provides voluntary services for people with disabilities and chronic conditions to promote long-term stability, recovery and improved health.” […]

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  • Webinars

    This webinar offered participants an opportunity to learn about cross-agency levers states can use to meet the housing and health needs of homeless populations. The webinar also addressed the financing mechanisms, data infrastructure and strategic partnerships that facilitate the blending of health care and housing funding streams.

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    August 13, 2015 | Filed under: Population & Public Health, Population Health, Webinars