• Surgeon General Jerome Adams to Speak at NASHP’s State Health Policy Conference

    PORTLAND, OR — US Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M Adams, MD, MPH, will be a keynote speaker at NASHP’s 30th State Health Policy Conference from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Adams, who was Indiana’s state health commissioner before President Trump appointed him to be the country’s “top doctor,” is a former NASHP academy member. At NASHP, he helped guide health care policy at the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that collaborates with state and federal officials, providers, researchers, and consumers to develop and implement new approaches to deliver quality, affordable health care while advancing a culture of health across states.

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  • State Strategies to Address Rising Prices Caused by Health Care Consolidations

    NASHP is pleased to release a provocative report we commissioned that addresses a key cost driver in health care–provider consolidation. This paper explores the rapid increase in consolidation of hospitals and provider groups and mergers across geographic markets that have resulted in double-digit price increases in the single largest sector of health care spending.

    This is a particularly challenging issue. On the one hand, states have supported provider mergers to create integrated, patient-centered care. On the other hand, these consolidations are clearly driving prices higher with little evidence of improved quality, according to our consultant Erin Fuse Brown, JD, MPH, who introduced this topic at NASHP’s 2015 annual conference.

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  • Children’s Health Insurance Resources

    Through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), states and the nation have made substantial progress in covering children and improving their access to quality health care supporting healthy growth and development. With ongoing funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, NASHP has supported, analyzed, and reported on state efforts to extend children’s coverage since the CHIP program’s inception, building on our longstanding work on Medicaid.

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  • What the House and Senate Health Care Bills Mean for States

    The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) builds on the AHCA but includes some very significant differences. NASHP has reviewed the BCRA, recognizing that it is a discussion draft and not a final proposal, and has added it to our chart comparing the ACA, AHCA and now BCRA. This document was updated on July 25th, 2017 to include language creating a continuous coverage requirement. NASHP will continue to track amendments to the BCRA and will provide more detailed analysis and comparison as the final language becomes clear.

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  • A Directory of State Community Health Worker Models Across the Country

    As states transform their health systems, many are using Community Health Workers (CHWs) to facilitate care coordination, enhance access to community-based services, and address social determinants of health. CHWs are typically frontline workers who are trusted members of a community and have a unique understanding of the people they serve. This map and its links highlight what states are doing to integrate CHWs into their evolving health care systems in key areas of financing, education and training, certification, and defining roles and scope of practice. This map includes current legislation and provides links to state associations and other leading organizations working on CHW issues.

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