Massachusetts

Increasingly states are focused on the critical role social determinants play in health, and public coverage programs play a key role in this focus. For more than 20 years, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has worked in coordination with state Medicaid programs to serve the health needs of low-income children. States are leveraging Medicaid […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Using DSRIP to Improve Population Health

    Under the authority of Section 1115 demonstrations, some states have implemented Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) programs to improve care, improve health, and lower costs by incentivizing and supporting care delivery redesign that transitions away from episodic treatment toward prevention and management of health and wellness for low-income populations. DSRIP programs restructure Medicaid funding […]

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  • Publications

    Lessons from States on Advancing Evidence-based State Health Policymaking for the Effective Stewardship of Healthcare Resources

    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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  • Publications

    Federal and State Collaboration for Medicare-Medicaid Alignment

    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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    As Federal Leaders Debate, Open Enrollment is in Full Swing

    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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  • Massachusetts Site Visit Materials

    Use this link to access materials for the November 14 site visit.

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    November 10, 2016 | Filed under: Massachusetts, Social Determinants of Health

  • State Health Policy Blog

    How Health System Transformation Efforts are Improving Access to Care for Children and Youth

    States are rapidly undertaking major reforms within their health care delivery systems. Though not often specifically targeting children and youth, these reforms offer opportunities to positively impact how this population accesses care. In a recent NASHP webinar several states described how their health system transformation efforts are doing so. Massachusetts State Innovation Model Grant: Massachusetts […]

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    Comprehensive Early Childhood Mental Health Systems to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs

    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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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Massachusetts Becomes First State to Pass Statewide Cap on First-Time Opioid Prescriptions

    Earlier this year, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker discussed his state’s opioid epidemic during his State of the Commonwealth Address. Less than two months later, on March 14, he signed omnibus legislation designed to tackle the epidemic head-on. Chapter 52 of the Acts of 2016 contains a wide range of provisions, however one specific provision is […]

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  • The State of State Health Policy: Governors’ 2016 State of the State Addresses

    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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