recently became the first state to win federal approval of
a health home Medicaid state plan amendment. State Refor(u)m user Patricia MacTaggart of
George Washington University uploaded to the site Missouri's amendment
application, noting that the document includes "helpful language that
is very useful for other states to use as a checkpoint for some of
their thinking." Download it
and find ideas for your state.
Is your state gearing up to build the business
operations, IT systems, and customer supports essential for the
exchange? Connecticut is beginning to shape these components, and you
can learn from their work. The RFP they've issued seeks a contractor
who can bring those aspects of the exchange from the planning stage to
the development stage. Read the document's scope of services and list
of deliverables to help craft your state's RFP, or to help you identify
key steps toward implementation.
Med Mal Malady? Liability Reform
Demonstration Projects may be the Cure
communication, and negotiation: these are some of the keys to
nontraditional medical-malpractice solutions. In a new blog post,
NASHP's Leigha Basini describes initiatives in Illinois, New York, and
Texas that help providers and patients find timely and satisfactory
resolutions when errors occur. Leigha notes pitfalls for states to
avoid, and roadblocks to address, but reports promising results in
states where these early experiments are underway. Read more here.
Time to Start Thinking About Benefit
thinking about the benefit packages available in plans sold through the
exchange or in Medicaid benchmark plans? Panelists at NASHP's
conference told states that it's time to get started. NASHP
analyst Chris Cantrell shares their suggestions. On the State Refor(u)m
blog, he writes
about using medical effectiveness measures; impact on morbidity,
mortality, and disparities; and net cost, among other factors, to
benefits now in order to be ready for HHS's guidance on the
Health Benefits package. Read more here.
Safety Net Providers Innovate to Integrate
states are exploring innovative strategies to integrate safety net
into delivery-system reforms, writes Kindle Fahlenkamp-Morell, a Social
Media Fellow at NASHP's 2011 conference. In a recent post, she details
use innovative methods such as expanding scopes of care in medical
enhance the role of midlevel providers; developing provider
connect Medicaid enrollees with health services; and providing a
forum on primary and preventive care needs of vulnerable populations.
Read more here.
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almost 800 documents! Filter the documents archive to find documents
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Looking into the Crystal Ball: Preparing for
the Essential Health Benefits
Thursday, Dec 8, 2011
2:30 - 4:00 PM EST
Director Alan Weil along with a panel of experts will
identify ways states can get started on benefit design, and will
help states prepare for the upcoming Department of Health and Human
seeking a policy specialist to join the State Refor(u)m team!
candidate will have significant health policy knowledge; strong
writing, project planning and organization skills, and an interest
media and communications. Get more details here.