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Health Literacy Fact Sheets

October 2013 — This series of fact sheets was created to assist those who are designing materials for individuals with low health literacy. The fact sheets …

Fact Sheets
Improving Health Care Quality and Equity: Considerations for Building Partnerships Between Provider Practices and Community Organizations

May 2013 — This brief outlines considerations for practices looking to develop partnerships with community organizations.

Policy & Issue Briefs
Key Factors for Improving Care Delivery in Small Primary Care Practices with High Medicaid Volume

March 2013 — This brief presents key findings from an evaluation of the RDPS initiative and takeaways for Medicaid stakeholders. The initiative confirmed that Medicaid agencies m…

Policy & Issue Briefs
Collaborating with Medicaid to Improve Health Care: Two Multi-Payer Alliances

November 2012 — This brief examines how and why Medicaid agencies are aligning quality improvement strategies with other payers, and what benefits that alignment is yielding.

Policy & Issue Briefs
Advancing Primary Care: Opportunities to Support Care Delivery Redesign in Practices Serving Medicaid and Racially and Ethnically Diverse Patients

August 2012 — This brief highlights results from a CHCS survey that looked at 126 practices in four communities participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forc…

Policy & Issue Briefs
Transforming Small High-Volume Medicaid Practices to Reduce Disparities in Care: Recent Advances and Future Opportunities

December 2011 — Download presentations from this joint meeting of CHCS' Reducing Disparities at the Practice Site initiative and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Al…

Meeting Highlights
Impact of the Insurance Exchanges on Latino Health Improvements

September 2011 — On September 24, 2011, Carolyn Ingram, CHCS senior vice president, presented at the Latino Legislative Summit on Health on the implications of the exchange structure…

Staff Presentations
Practice Supports: Using Care Managers and Quality Improvement Coaches to Transform Medicaid Primary Care

May 2011 — This technical assistance brief outlines how states are using innovative practice supports to help Medicaid primary care practices provide higher-quality, more patie…

Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools
Building Bridges Among the National Quality Forum, Medicaid, and Other State Stakeholders

February 2011 — This report outlines themes culled from interviews with 23 key informants, including state Medicaid officials, insurance commissioners, administrators of public heal…

Health Literacy Implications of the Affordable Care Act

November 2010 — CHCS President Stephen A. Somers and Program Associate Roopa Mahadevan presented the paper Health Literacy Implications of the Affordable Care Act at an Ins…

Leveraging Medicaid to Encourage HIT Adoption and Strengthen Primary Care

October 2010 — Dianne Hasselman, CHCS director of quality and equality, recently presented "Leveraging Medicaid to Encourage HIT Adoption and Strengthen Primary Care" at the 2010 M…

Staff Presentations
Performance Measurement in Fee-for-Service Medicaid: Emerging Best Practices

October 2010 — This report synthesizes best practices from nine states for designing successful performance measurement approaches for Medicaid FFS beneficiaries, particularly thos…

Resource Papers
The Affordable Care Act: Opportunities for Medicaid to Advance Ambulatory Care Quality

October 2010 — In this CHCS webinar, presenters described provisions of the Affordable Care Act that can be used to strengthen Medicaid's primary care infrastructure. …

Webinar Resources
Reducing Disparities at the Practice Site: Front-line Perspectives

September 2010 — In a series of video interviews, participants in CHCS' Reducing Disparities at the Practice Site initiative share insights into how the program is adva…

Arkansas Charts a Course for HIE and Quality Reporting

August 2010 — Arkansas' Regional Quality Improvement program established a statewide health information exchange and a multi-payer quality measurement reporting strategy …

Case Studies
Models for Improving Medicaid Primary Care: Lessons for Health Reform

July 2010 — This webinar described the evolving model of primary care, as well as practice-based primary care transformation strategies underway in two states.

Webinar Resources
Practice Transformation in Medicaid: Five Levers to Strengthen Small, “High-Volume, High-Opportunity” Practices

July 2010 — This technical assistance brief describes how Medicaid can leverage its resources to facilitate and sustain improvements in care and reduce health disparities in sma…

Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools
Supporting “Meaningful Use” of HIT in Small, High-Volume Medicaid Practices

July 2010 — This technical assistance brief describes how Medicaid-led teams in four states are supporting practice improvements among Medicaid-serving providers by helping them…

Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools
Improving Chronic Care in Small, “High-Opportunity” Primary Care Practices

February 2010 — This February 24, 2010 webinar presented opportunities for Medicaid agencies and health plans to improve chronic care at small practice sites. Medicaid leaders from …

Webinar Resources
Reducing Disparities at the Practice Site: Highlights of the Second National Meeting

November 2009 — Download presentations from the second national meeting of the Reducing Disparities at the Practice Site initiative where participants from four state …

Meeting Highlights
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