Community Health

State Levers to Promote Lead Screening and Treatment: Rhode Island’s Strategies

Addressing lead hazards today generates future economic benefits and improved health outcomes for children. In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Academy for State Health Policy is publishing a series of case studies highlighting effective state initiatives to promote lead screening and treatment. This study explores how Rhode Island has used […]

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    Minnesota Accountable Community for Health Saves Medicaid $3.8 Million through Its Opioid Prevention Initiative

    Minnesota Accountable Community for Health Saves Medicaid $3.8 Million through Its Opioid Prevention Initiative

    Morrison County’s Accountable Community for Health Accomplishments: Tapered 453 patients off narcotic, stimulants, and benzodiazepine prescriptions, which resulted in 540,000 fewer doses; Saved Medicaid $3.8 million by reducing these drug prescriptions; and Reduced jail time from an average 17 days to less than one in 36 surveyed patients who received medication-assisted treatment (Suboxone). *CHI St. […]

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    Lessons from Rhode Island: How to Effectively Blend, Braid, and Use Block Grant Funds to Improve Public Health

    Lessons from Rhode Island: How to Effectively Blend, Braid, and Use Block Grant Funds to Improve Public Health

    When Rhode Island health policymakers read the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy People 2010 report, they realized their children’s generation could face a shorter life expectancy than their own unless they changed their approach to public health. In response, Department of Health officials doubled down on their commitment to address health disparities […]

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    Learn How States Can Blend, Braid, and Use Block Grant Funds to Promote Public Health

    Learn How States Can Blend, Braid, and Use Block Grant Funds to Promote Public Health

    As federal officials hint at overwhelming changes in how state health programs will be funded in the future, policymakers are strategizing how to reconfigure their programs to take advantage of the promised brave new world of flexibility and realigned funding. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), the de Beaumont Foundation, and the Association […]

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    December 12, 2017 | Filed under: Community Health, Front Page, Landing Page, Publications

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    Community Health Worker Resources for States

    As states transform their health systems, many are turning to community health workers (CHWs) to improve health outcomes and access to care, address social determinants of health, and help control costs of care. While state definitions vary, CHWs are typically frontline workers who are trusted members of and/or have a unique and intimate understanding of […]

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    State Medicaid Agencies Venture into Value-Based Purchasing with Federally Qualified Health Centers

    State Medicaid Agencies Venture into Value-Based Purchasing with Federally Qualified Health Centers

    State Medicaid agencies have generally found it challenging to include federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in value-based purchasing initiatives because of a federal law passed in 2000 that regulates how state Medicaid programs pay FQHCs for the care they provide. State Medicaid agencies are required to reimburse FQHCs through the Prospective Payment System (PPS), a […]

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    Facing Budget Uncertainties, States Seek New Opportunities to Fund Successful Home Visiting Programs

    States have a long history of using home visiting programs to deliver cost-effective interventions to vulnerable children and families, and recent federal investments have been instrumental in the expansion of evidence-based home visiting programs across the United States. Due to budget uncertainties at the state and federal level, states are exploring opportunities to maximize investments […]

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    Report Highlights Medicaid Funding of Home Visiting Services for Women, Children, and Families

    Report Highlights Medicaid Funding of Home Visiting Services for Women, Children, and Families

    Home visiting programs have a long track record of improving health and life outcomes of children and families, such as increasing school readiness and reducing hospitalizations, while generating long-term savings. States use home visiting to target interventions for some of their most vulnerable populations and utilize multiple private and public funding streams, including Medicaid, to […]

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