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New Jersey: Cultural Competency Training

October 4, 2005 - New Jersey has recently become the first state to enact legislation mandating that physicians receive cultural competency training.

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New Mexico Implements State Coverage Insurance Program

October 4, 2005 - New Mexico created a public-private partnership that uses unspent CHIP funds to subsidize premiums for low-income uninsured adults.

State Profile

West Virginia Implements Small Business Plan

October 4, 2005 - Under West Virginia's Small Business Plan, Mountain State BCBS offers a comprehensive, affordable health plan to uninsured businesses with two to 50 employees.

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TimeSlips: Group Storytelling Helps Nursing Home Residents with Alzheimer's

October 3, 2005 - This simple, inexpensive technique lets nursing home residents with dementia express themselves without relying on failing memories and faltering language skills.

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How to Recruit (and Retain) Medicaid Providers

September 14, 2005 - The Association for Community Affiliated Plans has conducted a survey and four in-depth case studies of its member plans to improve efforts to recruit and retain providers.

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Case Study: The Washington University Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration Program

June 30, 2005 - CMS has launched several demonstration programs to find out whether chronic care management programs developed in the private sector can be effective for the Medicare population.

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Improving Health Care Delivery: The "Learning Collaborative" Approach

June 29, 2005 - The "learning collaborative" model shows promise for making community health centers more efficient and patient-focused.

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High-Performing Hospitals: Secrets to Success

June 29, 2005 - This study identifies and describes the key ingredients in the success of four high-performing hospitals across the country.

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Case Study: The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program

May 26, 2005 - The American College of Surgeons created a national program to measure and improve risk-adjusted surgical outcomes using validated methods first developed and proven in VA hospitals.

Case Study

California's Children's Health Initiatives: County-Based Programs to Guarantee Coverage

May 26, 2005 - California counties are taking creative approaches to guarantee that all low- to mid-income children have access to health coverage.

State Profile

I-SaveRx: States Facilitate Rx Reimportation

May 26, 2005 - A number of states have joined together to allow residents, regardless of income, to purchase lower-cost pharmaceuticals from more than 60 approved pharmacies and prescription drug wholesalers in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

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Minnesota's Smart-Buy Alliance: A Coalition of Public and Private Purchasers Demands Quality and Efficiency in Health Care

May 26, 2005 - The state of Minnesota has joined with private business and labor groups in a "Smart-Buy Alliance" to drive quality improvements and efficiencies in the health care delivery system.

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Oregon's Children's Group Plan: A Dependent-Only Option for Small Businesses

May 26, 2005 - Oregon's new Children's Group Plan allows small business owners to provide comprehensive coverage for children of their workers even if they cannot afford to cover their employees.

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The Illinois "3-Share" Model: County-Level Partnerships to Cover the Working Uninsured

May 26, 2005 - Building on a pilot program begun in 2003, Illinois implemented "3-share" coverage in various communities to help small employers provide health insurance to their employees and dependents.

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Wisconsin's Co-Op Care: Cooperative Health Insurance for Farmers

May 26, 2005 - Wisconsin farmers are pooling their purchasing power to enhance access to affordable coverage.

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