States, as regulators, payers, and innovators of health care, are uniquely positioned to improve the lives of Americans with serious illnesses by promoting access to palliative care. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is working with state leaders to expand and improve palliative care, explore how these services align with other initiatives (e.g., […]
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About Kitty Purington
Kitty Purington is a senior program director at NASHP, where she leads the organization’s work on chronic care and vulnerable populations. This work includes state policy issues such as delivery system and payment reform, integrated care, behavioral health, HIV/AIDS, and the intersection of housing and health. Prior to joining NASHP, Kitty served as the Program and Policy Manager for Maine’s Value-Based Purchasing Initiative, overseeing the development of that state’s Medicaid behavioral health home model for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance, as well as the implementation and expansion of its existing health home initiative for Medicaid enrollees with chronic physical health conditions. She has close to 20 years experience in state Medicaid policies that support individuals with behavioral health and other chronic care needs, and has also worked as an attorney focusing on elder law, disability, and health-related issues. Kitty has a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and a B.A from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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In the last two weeks, there has been a flurry of federal and state activity focused on the nation’s opioid epidemic that currently kills more Americans than guns or car accidents. In Washington, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released its final report featuring 56 recommendations to stem opioid and […]
Through the State Innovation Model initiative, health home state plan option, and other Medicaid authorities, states have made significant investments to develop and implement payment and delivery system reforms that better integrate the physical and behavioral health systems. Rather than adopting specific integrated care models, states may benefit from taking a broader approach that builds […]