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Advanced Care Management: CoverColorado

August 3, 2004 - Colorado incorporated "advanced care management" into its high-risk health insurance program to reduce costs and improve the quality of life for enrollees.

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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Aligning Incentives in Medicaid: How Colorado, Minnesota, and Vermont Are Reforming Care Delivery and Payment to Improve Health and Lower Costs

March 1, 2013 - Colorado, Minnesota, and Vermont are working to align incentives between health care payers and providers to improve care delivery and outcomes while controlling costs. This synthesis describes the common drivers of reform across the states and lessons learned.

Case Study

Arizona Medical Information Exchange Outgrows Medicaid

November 4, 2009 - The Arizona Medical Information Exchange is a Web-based health information exchange that enables participating practitioners to view hospital discharge and other clinical reports, lab test results, and medication data for many of their patients.

State Profile

Arizona Narrowly Rejects Ban on Coverage Mandates and Choice Restrictions

January 23, 2009 - Arizona voters narrowly rejected a state constitutional amendment that would have banned laws restricting choice of health plans or mandating that people obtain coverage. The amendment would have been at odds with certain elements of President-elect Obama's health care proposal. Of 1.8 million votes, 50.2 percent voted against, and 49.8 percent voted for, the amendment.

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Arizona Uses ROI Calculator for P4P Design

June 30, 2008 - Arizona's Medicaid program, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System or AHCCCS, used the ROI calculator to help design a statewide Medicaid pay-for-performance (P4P) system for its contracted managed care organizations (MCOs).

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Arizona's Statewide HIE Utility

September 15, 2008 - The Arizona Medicaid Health Information Exchange Utility is a Web-based system for exchanging patients' health records and other medical information among the state's Medicaid providers.

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Assessing and Monitoring Child Development: Healthy Steps for Young Children

August 3, 2004 - This program relies on a developmental specialist and other tools to ensure that children ages 0 to 3 receive appropriate developmental and behavioral services.

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Benefit Standards and Competing Concerns in Maryland

April 7, 2008 - Maryland is one of several states that regulate the small-group health insurance marketplace by setting a minimum benefit package that insurers competing in this market must offer.

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Better Diabetes Care for Patients with Low Health Literacy

June 11, 2004 - A new intervention seeks to improve care for diabetes patients, particularly those who are not native English speakers or who have low health literacy.

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Better Management of Asthma Through Improved Monitoring and Communication

August 3, 2004 - Researchers have developed a handheld computer, known as the "Asthma Buddy," to help young patients manage their condition and communicate with doctors and nurses.

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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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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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Building Quality into RIte Care: How Rhode Island Is Improving Care for Low-Income Residents

August 6, 2004 - Many states are struggling with how to cover ever-increasing health care costs for their low-income residents. Rhode Island is seeking to reduce costs by improving quality of care for these populations.

State Profile

The Business Case for Clinical Pathways and Outcomes Management: A Case Study of Children's Hospital and Health Center of San Diego

August 19, 2004 - These standardized processes of care have reduced lengths of stay, increased the health system's organizational capacity, and attracted business.

Case Study