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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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  • Publications

    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

  • State Health Policy Blog

    New Eight-State Policy Academy Advances Access to Care for Pregnant/Parenting Women with SUD

    Substance use disorders (SUD) and mental health conditions are prevalent among pregnant and parenting women in the United States, and they have far-reaching consequences for the health and well-being of women and their children. Integrated care models that support pregnant and parenting women’s physical and behavioral health and social service needs can improve outcomes for […]

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    April 29, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

  • State Health Policy Blog

    NASHP Updates Model Drug Price Transparency Legislation, Featuring a Common Data Set for Cross-State Comparisons and Stronger Enforcement

    As drug price transparency measures proliferate across states, the National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP) has released revised model transparency legislation featuring a common data set to reduce reporter burden and yield standardized, actionable data that will be comparable across states.  The data — to be reported by manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), wholesalers, and insurers — will […]

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    April 23, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, Front Page-Rx, Maine, State Health Policy Blog

  • State Health Policy Blog

    New Law Enables New Mexico to Leverage State Purchasing Power to Lower Rx Spending

    New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham recently signed into law SB 131, establishing a state Interagency Pharmacy Purchasing Council to leverage public purchasing power by reviewing and coordinating cost-containment strategies through procurement of pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical benefits, and pooling of risk among state agencies. Cosponsored by state Sen. Jeff Steinborn* and Rep. Joanne Farrary, the law also […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Maryland Passes Nation’s First Prescription Drug Affordability Board Legislation

    On April 8, 2019, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation that which would create the first state Prescription Drug Affordability Board (PDAB) to address the costs of certain high-priced drugs in Maryland. Gov. Larry Hogan has until May 31, 2019, to sign or veto the bill. If he signs the bill or does nothing, the […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    New Medicaid Funding Could Help States Better Integrate Care for Children with Medical Complexity

    Earlier this month, the Senate passed the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 (H.R. 1839), which contains funding mechanisms and reforms that allow states to improve care coordination for children enrolled in Medicaid. As of early this week, the bill was on the President’s desk awaiting his signature. This legislation significantly gives states […]

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  • Publications

    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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  • How 10 States Keep the ‘Community’ in Hospitals’ Community Health Needs Assessments

    Non-profit hospitals are federally required to conduct community health needs assessments (CHNAs) every three years and develop a plan to meet those needs in exchange for their tax exempt status. Many states have laws or guidelines that are more detailed than the federal requirements. Scroll down to see 10 states’ guidelines for involving community members […]

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    April 12, 2019 | Filed under: Charts, Front Page, Population & Public Health

  • State Health Policy Blog

    How States Keep Community at the Center of Hospitals’ Community Health Needs Assessments

    Tax-exempt hospitals receive billions of dollars in tax exemptions each year. In exchange, they are required to invest in the health of their communities. But to do that, hospitals must first identify the health needs of the communities they serve. States can work to make sure hospitals truly seek out and act on meaningful input […]

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