Population & Public Health

As the opioid crisis continues across the country, state health policy makers understand that health is more than health care. In order to maximize health benefits, and save on costs states are looking for innovative ways to address this crisis. Several states are implementing ACH models that emphasize prevention and work with community and cross-sector, […]

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  • The high prevalence of uncontrolled asthma among child populations served by Medicaid programs and the associated rising costs often are the impetus for states to improve the quality of care provided to children with asthma. New opportunities to comprehensively address asthma and its triggers are emerging through state and national health care delivery system and […]

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  • Publications

    The early years of a child’s life are critical for growth and development. Identifying developmental delays early and providing appropriate referral and treatment can help prevent more severe issues as well as considerable costs. State Medicaid agencies can play an important role in promoting early identification of developmental delays by reimbursing and tracking the use […]

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  • Community Health Workers (CHWs) are increasingly involved in efforts to improve health by addressing social determinants, and many Medicaid managed care participants benefit from their services, according to a new article from Pew. How do CHWs fit with your state’s health system transformation and health equity efforts?

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    July 8, 2016 | Filed under: Population & Public Health
  • The National Center for Healthy Housing surveyed states to see how they finance home-based asthma services and lead poisoning follow-up. According to the report, some state Medicaid programs reimburse for asthma services and lead follow-up provided by community health workers (CHWs). How does your Medicaid program address housing-related illnesses? Are CHWs involved in your state’s […]

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    June 30, 2016 | Filed under: Population & Public Health
  • The ultimate goal of health care is to improve and maintain people’s health and functional status. Population health goals are best attained through the coordinated efforts of the public health and personal health systems. The prevention and public health components of the ACA represent a fundamental shift from public health as an afterthought, subject to […]

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    June 21, 2016 | Filed under: Population & Public Health
  • NASHP has written two case studies for HealthHIV’s Three D HIV Prevention Program, which is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and provides technical assistance to better inform programmatic decisions impacting the delivery of quality HIV prevention and treatment services: New York’s experience implementing performance metrics for the HIV/AIDS population in its Medicaid managed […]

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  • Publications

    States are testing a myriad of models that strive to achieve the Triple Aim objectives of improved care, reduced health care costs, and better health. Though several statewide health care delivery and payment system reforms have been shown to help slow the growth of health care expenditures and improve methods for delivering health care, taken […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Governor Paul LePage signed into law “An Act to Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program” (now PL 2015, c. 488) on April 19, 2016, making Maine the second state to pass legislation on the issue this year. In March, Massachusetts passed the nation’s first law limiting first-time opioid prescriptions. Maine’s […]

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  • Publications

    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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