• Registration for the 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference is now 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.  We are excited to announce our preliminary conference agenda and invite you to register today!

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  • NASHP Healthy Child Development State Resource Center

    A new map displays findings from a national scan of state Medicaid policies for: 1) reimbursement of developmental screening separate from an EPSDT well child visit; 2) developmental screening requirements as part of an EPSDT well child visit; and 3) the recommendation or requirement of specific screening tools. Medicaid programs in 46 states and the District of Columbia have one or more of these policies in place.

    The map is a first feature of a new NASHP Healthy Child Development State Resource Center, which will compile state-specific tools supporting screening, referral, and care coordination for young children, and highlight relevant trends in state policy from multiple agencies engaging young children.

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  • New Brief: State Levers to Advance Accountable Communities for Health

    States are testing a myriad of models that strive to achieve the Triple Aim objectives of improved care, reduced health care costs, and better health. Though several statewide health care delivery and payment system reforms have been shown to help slow the growth of health care expenditures and improve methods for delivering health care, taken alone they are not enough to fully attain the Triple Aim goals. In an effort to improve the overall health of populations while further reducing healthcare costs, many state and federal health policymakers are partnering with communities to implement population health initiatives that engage new community partners to address the social factors influencing health such as housing, food, work, and community life. Among the models for implementing community-based interventions, Accountable Communities for Health (ACHs) are surfacing as a promising state strategy to integrate and align state health care delivery system transformation with community-based social services to create communities that promote health and well-being.

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  • New work group and paper on Rx drug costs

    Prescription drug prices have never been far from the minds of state officials but never more so than today. A new paper, States and Prescription Drugs: An Overview of State Programs to Rein in Costs, summarizes the many activities states now pursue to lower costs. This paper will form the starting point for our new  work group. This Work Group will include officials from the executive and legislative branches of state governments and will examine the many roles states play – as purchaser, policymaker, regulator and investor – to identify new and emerging strategies that may have promise to reduce costs. This is a one year project funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation whose support made possible States and Prescription Drugs: An Overview of State Programs to Reign in Costs, and by the Kaiser Permanente Foundation. Membership of the work group is nearly complete and will be announced shortly. Read the full paper here.

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  • Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual: Defeat for State All-Payers Claims Database

    In a 6-2 decision released today, the U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a blow to state all- payer claims databases. By upholding a lower court’s decision, the Court ruled that states may no longer require self funded plans to submit claims data – that action is preempted by ERISA. In its decision in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual, the Court was unpersuaded by the arguments presented by Vermont and the eleven amicus briefs filed in support of that state’s position. Indeed the Court concluded that “[P]reemption is necessary to prevent States from imposing novel, inconsistent and burdensome reporting requirements on plans.”

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