• Oklahoma Signs the Nation’s First State Medicaid Value-Based Contracts for Rx Drugs

    On the heels of Oklahoma’s first-in-the-nation, value-based purchasing deal to improve adherence to an antipsychotic drug, the state’s Medicaid agency just signed its second value-based contract for a prescription drug used to treat serious bacterial skin infections. While several private insurers have initiated value-based contracting, which links payments to a drug’s effectiveness and outcome, Oklahoma is the first state Medicaid program to initiate this payment reform innovation. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

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  • State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Young Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Crisis

    The opioid epidemic continues to have devastating consequences for children and families, with growing social and financial implications for states. NASHP, in partnership with the Alliance for Early Success, interviewed Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Virginia officials representing Medicaid, child welfare, and behavioral health programs to learn about effective state strategies to support young children and families affected by the opioid epidemic.

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  • New NASHP Toolkit Explores National Standards for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

    The National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) define a comprehensive, coordinated, and family-centered system of care for CYSHCN, who make up 20 percent of US children. NASHP’s new National Standards for CYSHCN toolkit provides links to critical tools, fact sheets, and resources that states can use to design, strengthen, and improve health care systems serving CYSHCN and their families. New resources will be continually added to the toolkit in the weeks ahead.

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  • How State Policymakers Spent Their Summer: Stabilizing Their Insurance Markets

    Policymakers in numerous states spent their summer crafting policies to educate and protect consumers in response to federal actions that expanded the sale of association and short-term health plans, which threaten to destabilize state individual insurance markets. Discover how they did it.

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  • How States Address Social Determinants of Health in Their Medicaid Contracts and Contract Guidance Documents

    To encourage investments in population health, states increasingly use levers available in their managed care and value-based contracts to address social determinants of health, such as housing and employment. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NASHP examined Medicaid contracts and other documents in 11 states to highlight how states’ contract requirements sought to enhance population health.

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