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.
Though largely preventable, tooth decay (caries) is the most common chronic disease in US children, affecting approximately 23 percent of children ages 2 to 5., Texas’s First Dental Home and its enhanced bundled payment has increased access to preventive dental service and improved the oral health of Medicaid-enrolled children ages 6 to 35 months. Providing […]
The adoption and use of telehealth have exploded across states, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for social distancing, and swift federal and state action to enable how telehealth is delivered and covered by insurers. These changes will have a lasting impact on how health care is delivered, affecting payers, medical providers, and patients […]
To improve effective contraceptive use and timely postpartum care statewide, Oregon’s Medicaid program successfully used incentive payments and quality measures to increase the rates of effective contraceptive use from 35.4 to 46.8 percent between 2015 and 2018, and timely postpartum care from 61.3 to 68.2 percent between 2018 to 2019. Oregon implemented the quality incentive […]
Disparities in states’ COVID-19’s health outcomes have driven home the need for policymakers to reassess their work to advance racial equity and redirect efforts to be more effective. A recent update to the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) interactive map, How States Collect Data, Report, and Act on COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities, reveals […]
In response to COVID-19, states have made swift and unprecedented changes to enable the use of telehealth to meet the public’s need to safely access care remotely. Now, policymakers face the challenge of analyzing whether to sustain these changes as they weigh cost, privacy, and security considerations and effectiveness of remote care delivery. As officials […]