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Public Reporting of Quality Outcomes: What’s the Best Path Forward?

The Affordable Care Act aims to promote higher quality care in part by rewarding – and eventually requiring – the reporting of certain quality measures. Previous efforts suggest that public reporting can add significant value. Yet there are concerns about the best way to measure outcomes and quality, the possible…

What’s in There? The New Health Reform Law and Medicare

As part of an ongoing series to explore what is in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, this May 7 briefing sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation examines how the reform law affects…

Explaining Health Reform: Uses of Express Lane Strategies to Promote Participation in Coverage

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of uninsured adults and children will gain eligibility for Medicaid or health coverage through new health insurance Exchanges beginning in 2014. The law calls upon states to develop simple and streamlined processes for establishing, verifying, and updating eligibility for Medicaid,…

Data Analytics in Medicaid: Spotlight on Colorado’s Accountable Care Collaborative

An integral component of Colorado Medicaid’s coordinated care initiative, the Accountable Care Collaborative, is the Statewide Data Analytics Contractor (SDAC), which is responsible for providing actionable data through a web portal to primary care providers and regional care collaborative organizations. The metrics and tools the SDAC provides undergird the effort to drive improvement in care management and individual and community health, and support the accountable care model.

Leveraging Medicaid in a Multi-Payer Medical Home Program: Spotlight on Rhode Island’s Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative

Rhode Island’s Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative (CSI) is a multi-payer patient-centered medical home program in which the one Medicaid health plan and all commercial health plans in the state participate. Hallmarks of the initiative are engaged leadership, mandatory participation but participatory governance, a common contract used by all payers, and investments in health information technology and other support for practice transformation.

Managing Care Transitions in Medicaid: Spotlight on Community Care of North Carolina

Community Care of North Carolina’s Transitional Care Program (TCP) provides robust transition planning for high-risk Medicaid inpatients to support sound transitions from the hospital back to the community and reduce emergency department use and readmissions. Integral elements of the TCP are hospital-based care managers who coordinate with care managers in medical home practices; centralized health information technology, and standard care management training and tools.

A Dose of Reality in the Virtual World of Health IT

The Alliance for Health Reform hosted a September 28 briefing to discuss electronic health records (EHRs), and the progress of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Speakers explored such questions as: How does health information technology fit in the strategy for health care delivery transformation?…

Medicaid Health Homes: A Profile of Newer Programs

Under the ACA, states have a new Medicaid option to establish “health homes” designed to improve care coordination and integration and reduce costs for beneficiaries with chronic conditions. Thus far, 15 states have implemented health home programs. Following on a 2012 brief profiling Medicaid health home programs in the first six states to adopt the option, this brief describes the health home programs in the nine states that have implemented them since that time, and highlights common themes across them as well as distinctions among them.