• Registration for the 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference is still open!

    Celebrating it’s 29th year, NASHP’s Annual State Health Policy Conference is the premier event in the state health policy community that brings together leading public and private sector health policy professionals from across the country to address key topics, share best practices and help build connections. NASHP’s Annual Conference will be held October 17-19, 2016, in Pittsburgh, PA.  Don’t miss out – register today! 

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  • State Legislative Action on Pharmaceutical Prices

    As part of our Pharmacy Cost Work Group, an ongoing project that looks beyond the strategies currently used in states to identify and develop new ideas which address the growing problem of prescription drug costs, NASHP has been tracking state legislative actions to control the rising cost of prescription drugs. This series of maps and accompanying chart summarize state legislation that has been introduced during the 2015-2016 legislative season.

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  • Intervention, Treatment, and Prevention Strategies to Address Opioid Use Disorders in Rural Areas

    NASHP has developed a primer for Medicaid officials and healthcare providers working to reduce opioid addiction in their state’s rural areas. It details the role HRSA-supported safety net providers play in improving emergency medical intervention and treatment to Medicaid enrollees, many of whom live in rural regions, and low-income and vulnerable populations facing opioid use disorders. In addition to the primer, an infographic was created to highlight the impact of opioids in rural America. 
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  • The Nuts and Bolts of Medicaid Reimbursement for Developmental Screening: Insights from Georgia, Minnesota, and North Carolina

    The early years of a child’s life are critical for growth and development. Identifying developmental delays early and providing appropriate referral and treatment can help prevent more severe issues as well as considerable costs. State Medicaid agencies can play an important role in promoting early identification of developmental delays by reimbursing and tracking the use of standardized developmental screening. Medicaid agencies take different approaches to doing so: setting reimbursement rates for screening; recommending or requiring certain screening tools; specifying when developmental screenings can be administered; and leveraging Medicaid managed care contracts. This brief examines developmental screening reimbursement policies in three states in the top quartile for parent-reported developmental screening rates: Georgia, Minnesota, and North Carolina.

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  • State Strategies for Promoting Children’s Preventive Services

    States have the option of implementing performance measurement, incentives or improvement projects, often as part of broad health system transformation efforts, to promote children and adolescents’ access to preventive services. This series of maps and accompanying chart illustrate state-specific Medicaid or CHIP performance improvement projects, measures, or incentives promoting children’s preventive services, such as those recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Futures guidelines.

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