Oregon

An evidence-based approach to policymaking enables states to direct health care resources toward the clinical care and health service delivery models most likely to deliver the results state health policymakers seek: better health outcomes through the efficient stewardship of public funds. As states face changing priorities and rising health care costs there is additional pressure […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released an eye-opening study this past week, indicating that utilization of emergency department (ED) services due to behavioral health conditions increased sharply from 2006 to 2013. The brief “Trends in Emergency Department Visits Involving Mental and Substance Use Disorders,” highlights a 52 percent increase in ED utilization […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    States have made great strides in improving children’s oral health, this includes a greater number accessing the dentist and a decline in untreated caries—tooth decay. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP), which insure our nation’s most vulnerable populations, have played an important role by covering dental benefits for children. Some Medicaid agencies opted […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Post-election, federal leaders are debating changes to the ACA (Affordable Care Act) and whether it will continue in light of the goals put forth by the incoming Administration. Meanwhile, open enrollment for the health insurance marketplaces is in full swing, with some states reporting increased or record enrollment figures during these first weeks of enrollment […]

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  • Publications

    Unplanned and complex births carry potentially avoidable health complications and costs to families and states. Broad healthcare payment and delivery reform is underway across the country to improve outcomes, enhance patient experience and reduce costs. Some states are capitalizing on these reforms to promote planned and healthy births by driving improvement in effective contraceptive use […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Evidence reviews are powerful tools that allow health policymakers to direct resources to certain options that outperform others. Evidence-informed approaches can optimize coverage decisions, increase performance on quality improvement measures, and drive effective responses to major challenges. One way states are utilizing these evidence-informed approaches is in addressing the opioid crisis. The Agency Medical Directors’ […]

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    July 28, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Oregon, State Health Policy Blog, Washington
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Nearly one in five Americans has some type of diagnosable mental health disorder. With these disorders costing $201 billion in 2013, behavioral health is a critical issue for state health policymakers. Children, including very young children, can experience mental health problems, and addressing these issues early can improve outcomes and lessen costs. Approximately 15 percent […]

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  • Publications

    People with mental illnesses use more resources and are more expensive to cover than Medicaid enrollees without these disorders.  Moreover, the subset of adults with serious mental illness (SMI) has the highest per person cost of all disabled, non-dually eligible individuals enrolled in state Medicaid programs. Trained peer support specialists are well positioned to bridge the […]

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    January 26, 2016 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Front Page, Georgia, Kansas, Oregon, Publications
  • State Health Policy Blog

    In my previous “Walkabout Medical Home” blog posts I have highlighted the work Primary Health Care Organizations (PHCOs) in Australia (Medicare Locals) have done to connect people with mild to moderate mental health diagnoses to primary care or community-based services. This blog highlights the innovative work being done stateside by Oregon’s Health Share. Health Share […]

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    May 28, 2015 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Oregon, State Health Policy Blog
  • Publications

    Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have reporting systems that collect information from hospitals and other facilities about adverse medical events resulting in patient death or serious harm. With support from Massachusetts’ Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction, NASHP surveyed officials representing each of these reporting systems, and conducted follow-up […]

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