NASHP In the News 2014

Medical errors in Mass. still common, study finds

State center resets focus on safety, care
Boston Globe, Dec 2, 2014
The case of Betsy Lehman, a Boston Globe health reporter who died in 1994 after receiving a massive overdose of chemotherapy at a prestigious Boston cancer center, galvanized health leaders to reduce medical errors.

Obamacare Enrollment: What You Need to Know
PayScale Career News, Nov 21, 2014
If you don’t have much luck with the above resources, The National Academy for State Health Policy has a helpful list that can help you find the right …

Obamacare Take Two: Health Care Exchanges Open For 2015 
The Kojo Show, Nov 19, 2014
After last year’s rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s signature marketplaces, including Healthcare.gov and Maryland’s health exchange, the pressure is on as this year’s open enrollment season launches. At the same time, political foes of Obamacare are ramping up challenges to the law. We explore what you need to know about health care exchanges.

Guests:

  • Jenna Johnson reporter, The Washington Post
  • Kimberly Lankford Contributing Editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • Alice Weiss Program Director, the National Academy for State Health Policy

Millions of Medicaid kids missing regular checkups
Standard-Examiner, Nov 15, 2014
Neva Kaye, interim executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy, said data collection is an issue for some states but it doesn’t …

Obamacare enrollment starts again Saturday. Here’s everything you need to know. 
Washington Post (blog), Nov 14, 2014
The National Academy for State Health Policy has a helpful list here, and the following map from the Kaiser Family Foundation tells you what kind of …

Millions of children on Medicaid missing their free checkups, watchdog says
Washington Post, Nov 13, 2014
Neva Kaye, interim executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy, said data collection is an issue for some states, but it doesn’t …

State Health Policy Leaders Examine Reform Landscape
California Healthline, Oct 14, 2014
In the other bookend address closing the National Academy for State Health Policy conference, David Satcher, surgeon general under President …

Medicaid ACOs: States’ Answer to Escalating Costs?

JD Supra (press release), Oct 3, 2014
The National Academy for State Health Policy is tracking state efforts, including, among others, Texas, Oregon, Colorado, Illinois, New York and …

Better Late Than Never: Obamacare Gets a C.E.O. 

The New Republic – Aug 26, 2014
Anne Gauthier, senior program director at the National Academy for State HealthPolicy, told me “I’m a big fan of Kevin’s.” She cited, in particular, his …

Congress Should Protect and Not Gamble with Health of Children
Huffington Post – Aug 20, 2014
Based on research from Wakely Consulting Group, the Urban Institute, MACPAC, the National Academy for State Health Policy, the Georgetown …

Nevada’s shift to federal Obamacare won’t be smooth
Las Vegas Review-Journal – Aug 9, 2014

The National Academy for State Health Policy lauded the site’s “significant upgrades and improvements in capacity,” which let consumers “more …

PCORI Engagement Awards Program Offers New Meetings Funding Support
DigitalJournal.com – July 22, 2014

PCOR Roadmap for State Policy Makers,” awarded to the National Academy for State Health Policy to conduct surveys and focus groups and to…

Feds deliver ‘severe rebuke’ over TennCare, demand fixes
Chattanooga Times Free Press- Jul 10, 2014

Alice Weiss, program director for the Washington, D.C.-based National Academy for State Health Policy, explained that the seven factors referenced in …

Provider payments face short-term local cuts, long-term federal cuts
Insurance News Net-Jul 1, 2014

However, many states are now experimenting with value-based payment models. TheNational Academy for State Health Policy has identified…

Indiana could learn from Vermont, where kids are healthiest
Indianapolis Star – Jun 23, 2014

Vermont’s relatively small and prosperous population makes it easier than in some other states for officials to reach out to potentially vulnerable children, said Cathy Hess, managing director for coverage and access at the National Academy for State Health Policy. What’s more, Vermont has been a pioneer in children’s …

Wonkbook: What to do about America’s child-migrant crisis
Washington Post (blog) – Jun 23, 2014

A relatively small and prosperous population makes it easier than in some other states for officials to reach out to potentially vulnerable children, said Cathy Hess, managing director for coverage and access at the National Academy for State Health …

Idaho group discusses Medicaid redesign options
Hilton Head Island Packet – Jun 18, 2014
A handful of states are pursuing alternative ways such as having Medicaid participants buy commercial coverage on the state’s health insurance exchange, said Joanne Jee, program director with the nonpartisan National Academy for State Health Policy.

Best state in America: Vermont, for its healthy kids

Washington Post – Jun 20
Vermont’s relatively small and prosperous population makes it easier than in some other states for officials to reach out to potentially vulnerable children, said Cathy Hess, managing director for coverage and access at the National Academy for State Health Policy.

ACA and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Insurance News Net – ‎May 22, 2014‎
A new study by the National Academy for State Health Policy found that, despite the flexibility, most state benefits were similar to those provided to children covered by Medicaid , and all states offered low or no premiums and other cost sharing …
Pence unveils his alternative to Medicaid expansion
Muncie Star Press – May 16, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence will submit a waiver to the federal government by June 30 to adopt an expanded Healthy Indiana Plan. If approved, it will cover all non-disabled Hoosiers ages 19 to 64 with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level …
Law Linked To Lower Mortality Rate
WBUR – May 6, 2014
But Alan Weil, director of the National Academy for State Health Policy, says many opponents already knew that there would be health benefits to insuring more people through the federal law.

Burwell wants to recover funds spent on failed exchanges
Politico – May 15, 2014
ICYMI, GROUPS RAMPING UP CALL FOR CHIP REAUTHORIZATION – The program is set to expire next year and Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, as well as the National Academy for State Health Policy, have introduced reports
Arkansas and Michigan prove Republicans can compromise on Medicaid
Vox – ‎May 13, 2014‎
“The question of whether bringing everyone into the same network will improve access and utilization is a great question to ask, but we actually don’t know the answer,” Alan Weil, executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy, said …
The Payment Reform Landscape: Payment For Non-Visit Functions And The Medical Home
Health Affairs (blog) – ‎May 6, 2014‎
In April 2010, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced that Illinois Health Connect saved the state approximately $150 million in fiscal year 2009, according to details shared with the National Academy for State Health Policy.
More Health Insurance Equals Fewer Deaths In Massachusetts
WUNC – ‎May 5, 2014‎
Alan Weil, director the National Academy for State Health Policy, says many opponents of the Affordable Care Act acknowledged that there would be health benefits to insuring more people through the federal law, but that they “don’t feel that the nation …
State Health Care Innovation is Blossoming Under Obamacare 
Philly.com (blog) – ‎Apr 30, 2014‎
A new report from the National Academy for State Health Policy and ChangeLab Solutions profiles how eight states—California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Vermont—have successfully used this provision in …
Reform Update: Medicaid plans look to states for help with expensive hepatitis C drug
ModernHealthcare.com – ‎Apr 30, 2014‎
In the meantime, it could take years for the full population of candidates for Sovaldi to find their way to the drug because many don’t know they have the disease, said Alan Weil, executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy.

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