February 28, 2012

In This Issue

  • New Snapshot of Six State Practice Support Systems on State Refor(u)m
  • Oregon receives award for excellence

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On State Refor(u)m: New Snapshot of Six State Practice Support Systems
State practice support systems provide care coordination, links to community resources, and other services to wrap around medical practices' in-house capabilities. The components of these support systems vary substantially across states.  In a new “fast facts” matrix from State Refor(u)m, NASHP Policy Analyst Jason Buxbaum captures six states’ approaches to practice support. The document includes state-level details on the size, scope, budget, functions, and organizational framework for each system profiled. Get the matrix here, and read some key takeaways in an accompanying blog post.

Oregon Receives Award for Excellence
Congratulations to Oregon’s Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) III Project Core Team for receiving the Administrator’s Excellence Award from the Oregon state Medicaid Director. The Oregon team was recognized for their efforts to improve systems of care and access to quality care for vulnerable children. Oregon is one of five states participating in NASHP’s ABCD III program which began in 2009 to improve delivery of early child development services for low-income children and their families. The team represents Medicaid, Public Health, Addictions and Mental Health, the Department of Education, and the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Project of Oregon Health Sciences University, and is advising on statewide measures, guiding eight managed care plans in an ABCD III improvement project, and improving data systems, all to improve care coordination for children. Jill Rosenthal, NASHP Program Director, said “Oregon's efforts serve as a model for other states looking for ways to improve systems of care for young children and other populations."  Visit NASHP’s ABCD program and learn more about Oregon’s work.

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