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Colorado: Preparing for Change

August 11, 2010 - Colorado is one of many states that will have a new governor and administration in January 2011. The current administration considered how to prioritize the tasks related to national reform, and how to leave behind a good transition plan and roadmap for the incoming team.

State Profile

Bright Futures Clinical Guide to Performing Preventive Services

July 8, 2010 - This Clinical Guide—designed to accompany the Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents—provides authoritative, evidence-based guidance about the most effective and efficient ways to deliver child preventive services.

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Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program: Helping Pediatric Practices Become Medical Homes for Low-Income Children

July 7, 2010 - The Colorado Children's Healthcare Access Program is a nonprofit organization created to address barriers that have prevented private pediatric and family practices from accepting children enrolled in Medicaid and providing them with a medical home.

Case Study

Illinois: Testing Quality Measures

May 19, 2010 - Illinois has partnered with Florida on a CHIPRA grant to improve the quality of care for children. Over five years, the grant will provide just over $11 million in federal funding for the two states to use to advance quality projects.

State Profile

New Mexico: Outreach Grant Funding for "Enrollment Kiosks"

May 19, 2010 - The New Mexico Human Services Department is receiving nearly $1 million for 2009 to 2011 to design and install standalone kiosks that consumers can use to electronically apply for CHIP and Medicaid at community centers and schools, rather than visiting enrollment offices.

State Profile

Louisiana: Streamlining Enrollment with Express Lane Eligibility

May 19, 2010 - On February 11, 2010, more than 10,000 Louisiana children were automatically enrolled in the state's Medicaid program. Families received their Medicaid cards in the mail and were notified that their initial use of the card would affirm they want to enroll their child in the program.

State Profile

Bright Futures: Training and Implementation Materials for Pediatric Practices

April 29, 2010 - The Bright Futures training and implementation materials are designed to help office staff improve developmental screening and preventive services for children under age 5.

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Walla Walla General Hospital: Setting Staff Up for Success in Pneumonia Care

April 12, 2010 - This case study describes the strategies and factors that appear to contribute to high performance on pneumonia process-of-care measures at Walla Walla General Hospital. It is based on information obtained from interviews with key hospital personnel, publicly available information, and materials provided by the hospital during October through November 2009.

Case Study

Oklahoma: Enhancing Access Through Medicaid Rate Increases and Medical Homes

March 18, 2010 - Over the past five years, Oklahoma has used a combination of rate increases, outreach, administrative simplification, and a medical home initiative to enhance access to care in SoonerCare, the state's Medicaid program.

State Profile

Maine: Requiring Private Insurers to Reimburse for Telemedicine

March 18, 2010 - In January 2010, Maine joined 11 other states in requiring private insurers to reimburse services provided via telemedicine.

State Profile

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.

State Profile

Alaska and Minnesota: Increasing Access to Dental Care

March 18, 2010 - Since 2003, the Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist Program has trained a new type of mid-level dental provider to perform routine dental services in remote rural areas of the state, with a focus on increasing access to preventive and basic dental care for the Alaska Native population.

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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

Rhode Island's Pediatric Practice Enhancement Project: Parents Helping Parents and Practitioners

January 15, 2010 - This case study looks at Rhode Island’s Pediatric Practice Enhancement Project which trains and places parent consultants into pediatric primary and specialty care practices to help families with children and youth with special health care needs coordinate and access the health system, as well as other services (e.g., social services, education, housing).

Case Study

Minnesota: Comprehensive Quality Improvement and Payment Reform

January 14, 2010 - In 2003, Minnesota became the first state to require public reporting of never events based on the National Quality Forum list of severe reportable events.

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