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Maryland: Using Tax Forms to Identify Eligible Kids

August 28, 2009 - Under the 2008 Maryland Kids First Act, Maryland is using state income tax forms to identify families with children who may be uninsured and eligible for Medicaid or CHIP and sending them information about how to enroll.

State Profile

Massachusetts' Action Plan

August 25, 2008 - Realizing that coverage expansion, the focus of the state's 2006 health reform legislation, is not enough to improve overall health system performance, Massachusetts is undertaking what some policymakers are calling "Health Care Reform 2.0," with a focus on improving health care quality.

State Profile

Massachusetts: Affordable and Simpler Coverage for Everyone

April 7, 2008 - Providing affordable coverage is a key component of Massachusetts' recent health reform, which includes an individual mandate to buy health insurance.

State Profile

The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project: Supporting Mental Health Treatment in Primary Care

March 3, 2010 - Massachusetts has successfully demonstrated the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project, a program that provides timely telephonic psychiatric and clinical guidance to primary care providers treating children with mental health problems. This study looks into the development and implementation of the project.

Case Study

Massachusetts: Comprehensive Approach to Expanding Access

March 18, 2010 - After Massachusetts expanded health care coverage as part of comprehensive health reform in 2006, it faced increased pressures on its primary care system. In response, the state included a set of provisions to improve access to health care services in a cost-containment bill (MA S 2863) passed in 2008.

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Massachusetts: Connecting Health Coverage to Public Health

July 13, 2009 - With its 2006 landmark health reform resulting in more than 400,000 newly insured residents, Massachusetts is building public health into numerous efforts to contain costs and improve quality in the health care system.

State Profile

Massachusetts Health Care Reform--On Second Anniversary of Passage, What Progress Has Been Made?

April 28, 2008 - Massachusetts' passage of health care reform legislation in April 2006 heralded an exciting new era in state health policy. The reform plan is the most comprehensive effort by a state to achieve near-universal coverage, and arguably the most controversial, given its inclusion of an individual mandate.

State Profile

Massachusetts Health Connector

March 11, 2011 - The Massachusetts Health Connector was created as an independent state agency charged with implementing many elements of the state's 2006 health care reform.

State Profile

Mayo Clinic: Multidisciplinary Teamwork, Physician-Led Governance, and Patient-Centered Culture Drive World-Class Health Care

August 13, 2009 - The Mayo Clinic is the world's oldest and largest integrated multispecialty group medical practice, combining clinical practice, education, and research at the regional, national, and international levels for the benefit of individuals with routine as well as complex health care needs.

Case Study

A 'Meaningful' User of an Electronic Health Record System Describes Its Clinical and Financial Benefits

June 23, 2011 - One of the first physicians in the country to be certified as a "meaningful" user of health information technology says the electronic health record system she implemented has significantly improved her performance on measures of clinical quality by providing immediate feedback on her adherence to evidence-based standards of care.

Case Study

Measuring Staff Morale in Safety Net Medical Home Adoption

January 9, 2012 - With Commonwealth Fund support, Sarah Lewis, M.S.P.H., of the University of Chicago, and colleagues have developed two surveys and a scoring algorithm to capture the experiences of safety net providers and staff as they adopt medical homes.


Medicaid Is One of Multiple Payers in Vermont’s Health Care Reforms

March 1, 2013 - Vermont Medicaid is a key player as the state pioneers multipayer health care delivery and payment reforms. Under Vermont Blueprint for Health, most Medicaid beneficiaries and state residents will be served in 2013 by medical homes with community health teams, with additional support services for Medicaid enrollees with complex conditions.

Case Study

Medicaid Payment and Delivery Reform in Colorado: ACOs at the Regional Level

March 1, 2013 - Colorado is one of a handful of states piloting innovative health care payment and delivery reforms through Medicaid. Under the Accountable Care Collaborative Program, which began enrollment in May 2011, the state Medicaid agency contracts with seven regional organizations to create networks of primary care providers and ensure care coordination for Medicaid enrollees.

Case Study

Memorial Healthcare System: A Public System Focusing on Patient-and Family-Centered Care

July 7, 2010 - This case study describes the strategies and factors that appear to contribute to high adherence to "core" quality measures at Memorial Healthcare System. It is part of series of case studies on high-performing public hospitals.

Case Study

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center: Excellence in Heart Attack Care Reduces Readmissions

February 16, 2011 - Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center (Memorial City) achieved superior readmission rates in two of the three clinical areas reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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