Population & Public Health

State Strategies to Prevent and Respond to Disease Crises Through Medicaid and Public Health Partnerships

Protecting public health in an era when infections can quickly spread from remote areas to major world cities requires creative and well-orchestrated responses from national, state, and local governments. One of the critical partnerships states can forge before, during, and after such crises is between public health and Medicaid. This report, supported by the Health […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    State Officials Work to Harness Medicaid as a Change Agent to Increase Immunization Rates

    State Officials Work to Harness Medicaid as a Change Agent to Increase Immunization Rates

    Despite vaccines’ effectiveness in preventing infectious diseases and strong public funding for childhood immunizations, vaccination rates among children living in poverty remain stubbornly lower than for children living above poverty and who are privately insured. Recently, officials from several organizations, including the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), AcademyHealth, and the Colorado Children’s Immunization […]

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  • 50-State Scan of Lead Screening and Treatment Policies for Children and Pregnant Women

    50-State Scan of Lead Screening and Treatment Policies for Children and Pregnant Women

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children in 4 million households are exposed to high levels of lead. Elevated blood lead levels increase risk for damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, and learning, behavior, hearing, and speech problems, along with long-term financial financial and health implications. […]

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  • Ohio Implements Value-Based Payment Reform to Improve Population Health

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

    States Work to Hold Hospitals Accountable for Community Benefits Spending

    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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    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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  • NASHP and AcademyHealth Invite State Medicaid, Public Health, and Immunization Officials to Join an Initiative to Boost Immunization Rates among Medicaid Enrollees

    AcademyHealth and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), with support from the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition, are working with state health officials interested in improving their immunization rates to participate in a Community of Practice (CoP). Through a project funded by a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement, Immunization Barriers in […]

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  • Publications,State Health Policy Blog

    States Develop New Approaches to Improve Population Health Through Accountable Health Models

    In this time of changing federal health priorities, state health policymakers play a crucial role in breaking the cycle of poverty and inequity so everyone can live healthy, prosperous lives. Many state leaders, with federal support, are implementing community-wide prevention initiatives that acknowledge that health is affected by factors that extend beyond clinical care. Policymakers […]

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    Innovative Community Health Worker Strategies: Medicaid Payment Models for Community Health Worker Home Visits

    Innovative Community Health Worker Strategies: Medicaid Payment Models for Community Health Worker Home Visits

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    NASHP Identifies State Strategies to Address Mental Health and Education Inequities

    State policymakers increasingly recognize the need to address the social determinants of health — housing, employment, education, and income — to reduce health care costs and improve population health. Educational attainment, for example, provides dividends for overall health. People with higher levels of education generally live longer and experience healthier lives. The quality of education […]

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