Publications

Without early identification and treatment of development delays, children may face long-lasting and costly consequences. With more states reporting their developmental screening Child Core Set measures and new federal initiatives promoting value-based payment for children’s health, Vermont’s innovative affordable care organization’s approach can provide valuable insights. This fact sheet describes Vermont’s strategy to prioritize developmental […]

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    Palliative Care: A Primer for State Policymakers

    State policymakers are increasingly paying attention to palliative care programs, which offer patient-centered and cost-effective care for individuals with serious illness. Adding palliative care to treatment has been shown to improve health outcomes and quality of life, while lowering costs an average of $7,000 per patient in high-need, high-cost populations. This new National Academy for […]

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    State Policy Levers for Advancing Quality Improvements in Primary Care

    States, as major purchasers of health care, have a compelling interest to spur primary care providers to adopt the latest research to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of care. This new report, the third in the EvidenceNOW: Insights for State Health Policymakers Series, highlights policy levers states can use to support the adoption of evidence-based […]

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    Resources to Help States Fund Health-Related Social and Economic Needs

    Federal funding can help states improve housing, employment, and other life conditions for their vulnerable residents. This table highlights new programs, including public-private investment opportunities from the US Treasury, integrated care models from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, and recent federal initiatives to combat the opioid crisis. It also features key longstanding sources, […]

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    April 29, 2019 | Filed under: Charts, Front Page, Population & Public Health, Publications

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    State Initiatives Using Purchasing Power to Achieve Drug Cost Containment

    This report focuses on several state purchasing strategies designed to achieve concessions in negotiations with drug manufacturers and in other parts of the prescription drug supply chain. The highlighted strategies include intrastate actions, which combine state agencies’ purchases of drugs to improve their negotiating clout, and interstate activities, such as multi-state organizations that unite to […]

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    April 15, 2019 | Filed under: Featured-Rx, Front Page-Rx, Medicaid, Payment Reform, Publications

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    Cross-Agency Strategies to Curb Health Care Costs: Leveraging State Purchasing Power

    Rising health care costs are an intractable problem in the United States, but states, faced with balanced budget requirements and growing voter concern, aren’t waiting for a federal solution. This report explores state initiatives to curb health care costs by:  Leveraging Medicare’s well-established reimbursement rates as reference prices for state employee plans to address rising […]

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    New Report Highlights Successful, Cross-Agency Strategies to Address Substance Use Disorder

    States are realigning policies, funding, staffing, and data across agencies to better meet the needs of people living with or at risk of developing substance use disorder (SUD). In 2018, NASHP and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) convened a group of Medicaid and public health leaders to discuss state strategies for […]

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    March 25, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, Publications

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    States Use Policy Levers and Emerging Research to Address Antipsychotic Use in Children in Foster Care

    State policymakers must often take action during an emerging crisis even when evidence identifying the best policy approach is not be available. This report, Evidence-Based Policymaking Is an Iterative Process: A Case Study of Antipsychotic Use among Children in the Foster Care System, explores successful state responses to dramatic increases in antipsychotic prescription rates in Medicaid-enrolled children […]

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    Fact Sheet Highlights Medicaid’s Critical Role in Screening for Maternal Depression

    Fact Sheet Highlights Medicaid’s Critical Role in Screening for Maternal Depression

    Despite evidence that maternal depression is common and can impede the development of young children, it is often undiagnosed and untreated. Medicaid can play a leading role in identifying at-risk mothers and connecting them to treatment. NASHP’s new fact sheet provides background on maternal depression while also presenting a summary of state Medicaid policies for […]

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    January 29, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, Medicaid, Publications

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    NASHP Resource Hub: State Strategies to Address Palliative Care

    NASHP Resource Hub: State Strategies to Address Palliative Care

    Palliative care helps individuals with serious illness better manage the symptoms and stressors of disease. These services are interdisciplinary, person- and family-centered, and can help people at any stage of a serious illness. States are uniquely positioned to influence how Americans think about access, and experience palliative care. States pay for and provide health care […]

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    December 17, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Publications, Toolkits