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Oklahoma Uses Focus Groups to Identify Strategies to Better Serve Foster Care Youth

Oklahoma uses focus groups to identify ways to improve treatment guidelines, communication, and medication monitoring for foster care youth enrolled in Medicaid. May is National Foster Care Month and for the fourth consecutive year the number of children in foster care nationwide has climbed, fueled in part by the opioid epidemic, according to the Adoption and […]

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  • How Vermont Will Implement Its Groundbreaking Rx Drug Importation Law
    State Health Policy Blog

    Vermont is the first state in the nation to approve a wholesale program to import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, following Gov. Phil Scott’s signing of the landmark law last week. Vermont now begins the task of winning approval from the secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and implementing its […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    On Friday, May 11, the Trump Administration announced a series of potential policy options that, if implemented, aim to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. The initiative, called American Patients First, is described in the nearly 40-page document that lacks many specifics for the policy options. HHS Secretary Azar provided more detail on some of […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Twelve governors flagged health care workforce needs as a key priority in their 2018 State of the State Addresses, an increase from only eight in 2017. States across the country are experiencing shortages of health care professionals, with the gap projected to increase in the coming years as America’s population continues to age. These workforce […]

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    May 15, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, Indiana, State Health Policy Blog
  • Ohio Implements Value-Based Payment Reform to Improve Population Health

    Greg Moody, director of Ohio’s Office of Health Transformation, has quietly spearheaded one of the most effective redesigns of a state health care payment system in the country, generating cost savings and improving public health by showing providers how the cost and quality of their care compares with their peers. This value-based cost-savings and quality improvement […]

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  • Vermont First in the Nation to Approve Rx Drug Importation from Canada

    Vermont is the first state  in the nation to approve importation of less-costly prescription drugs from Canada. For the first time in the United States, obtaining low-cost prescription drugs from Canada is one step closer to reality today following the Vermont state legislature’s landmark enactment of S.175. Vermont Gov. Philip Scott signed the bill into law on […]

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  • States Work to Hold Hospitals Accountable for Community Benefits Spending
    State Health Policy Blog

    Hospitals get billions in tax breaks and in return they’re supposed to invest in community health. How can state policymakers ensure that money is spent on the right issues to support state health goals? Nonprofit hospitals benefited from at least $24.6 billion in tax exemptions in 2011, according to a 2015 analysis that used the most […]

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    May 8, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • How Six States Use Medicaid Managed Care to Serve Children with Special Health Care Needs
    Publications

    Medicaid managed care provides a unique opportunity for states to strengthen the structure and delivery of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), studied how six states (Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia) designed their managed care systems to serve CYSHCN and […]

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  • The agenda and registration for NASHP’s 31st Annual State Health Policy Conference, Shifting Tides in State Health Policy, are now available! Lock in your participation today and learn the latest from the nation’s leading experts about ways to reduce health care costs, address work force shortages, improve chronic care, stabilize the individual insurance market, and tackle the social determinants of health […]

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    May 1, 2018 | Filed under: 2018 Conference, Front Page
  • Medicaid Expansion in Maine Moves from the Legislature to the Courts
    State Health Policy Blog

    A successful citizens referendum to expand Medicaid stalled in the state Legislature and moved to the courts this week. Over the past five years, the Maine Legislature has passed several bills to expand the state’s Medicaid program – MaineCare – under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act to cover a greater number of low-income […]

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