Washington

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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  • Publications

    NASHP recently brought together a group of state and federal policy leaders to discuss the Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Initiative, D-SNP health plans, and other programs and resources aimed at aligning health care payment and delivery to improve care for dual eligibles. See a report from the meeting and sign up for a webinar on state […]

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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
  • 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 of State speeches provide governors with an opportunity to highlight recent policy successes as well as outline key plans and issue areas of focus for the coming year. These speeches are generally strong indicators of governors’ main priorities and sometimes also include specific proposal suggestions and funding recommendations for deliberation by legislatures. Currently, 31 […]

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  • Policy and Process Changes State Legislation Prior to passage of the ACA, processes to enroll justice-involved individuals with severe mental illnesses in Medicaid had been in place in Washington due to a directive based on state legislation. In subsequent years the state also enrolled Medicaid-eligible incarcerated individuals if they were admitted for inpatient health care […]

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    December 17, 2015 | Filed under: Washington
  • State Health Policy Blog

    The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) third annual open enrollment period kicked off November 1st and continues through January 31, 2016. During this time, individuals can enroll or renew coverage in qualified health plans through state and federal exchanges. The ACA’s open enrollment period is a great time to focus on reaching and enrolling children as […]

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  • A Conversation with State Officials on Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage
    Webinars

    Oral health is an important part of overall health, however, access to dental coverage for low-income adults remains a challenge, particularly since these benefits are optional for state Medicaid programs. In this webinar, Medicaid officials from Colorado, Iowa, and Washington—three states that have recently taken action on their adult dental benefits—will share insights on important factors in the decision to add, reinstate, or introduce adult dental benefits; how adult dental benefits fits into the larger health reform discussion in each state; successes and challenges each state has faced since implementation; and future policy considerations.

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    June 30, 2015 | Filed under: Colorado, Iowa, Oral Health, Washington, Webinars
  • Washington State has pursued multiple efforts to advance medical homes: Patient Centered Medical Home Pilot: Authority for Washington State’s multi-payer Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Pilot came in 2009 through Substitute Senate Bill 5891. This legislation directed the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to develop, launch, […]

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    April 1, 2014 | Filed under: Washington