Family members provide significant amounts of care to relatives with complex needs, including those who are Medicaid enrollees.
A new, independent analysis of the Montana state employee health plan’s transition to reference-based pricing – which limits hospital prices to a multiple of what Medicare pays – found significant savings for the state in the two years after its implementation. Further, there is no evidence that utilization artificially increased as a result of the new payment […]
Many states are transforming their health care delivery systems to improve health and control costs. Reducing health disparities — and addressing their social and economic causes — is at the heart of many of these efforts.
Federal efforts to increase hospital price transparency are falling short as hospitals fail to fully comply with requirements. However, states with transparency laws that give them access to comprehensive hospital financial data are using the pricing information to more fully analyze hospitals’ fiscal health and inform states’ cost containment efforts.
As state policymakers confront the substance use disorder (SUD) epidemic, they require a wide range of data – often found in disparate systems – to understand its impact and craft more effective treatment programs and interventions. This report explores best practices and sources for data gathering and describes how states can help communities access and […]
The “No Surprises Act,” the most comprehensive federal legislation enacted to date designed to prohibit surprise medical bills, is part of the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
Faced with limited vaccine supplies, a slow rollout of federal funds, and new federal guidelines allowing vaccination of those 65 and older, states face distribution challenges as they quickly evaluate which mass immunization practices are most effective.