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Policy Update: State and Federal Movement to Advance Trauma-Informed Care

Over the past year, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) has been monitoring state and federal policymakers’ interest in addressing early adversity, toxic stress, and trauma to pro... more

November 15 2018
Medication Trauma: What It Is and How to Help

Medication complexity is a challenge to patients, physicians, and pharmacists alike. It occurs when an individual is prescribed multiple medications, each with its own dosing schedules and s... more

November 8 2018
How States Can Better Engage Medicaid Patients

Experts weigh in on practical approaches for engaging Medicaid beneficiaries to ensure that services are designed to meet their needs. Medicaid is the largest health care program in the Uni... more

October 29 2018
What Does it Take to Become Trauma-Informed? Lessons from Early Adopters

Trauma-informed care has emerged as a core competency to improve how health care organizations deliver services to people who have experienced adverse life events. Through the Advancing Trau... more

October 18 2018
Five Things to Know About CDC’s 6|18 Initiative

As the US health care system undergoes dynamic change, increased alignment between health care quality and payment is providing new opportunities for the public health and health care se... more

October 11 2018
Charity Care Programs: What They See on the Horizon

Charity care programs (CCPs) are an integral part of the safety-net landscape for many low-income Americans. These programs have evolved over the past several years, particularly in the post... more

September 20 2018
Payment Innovation in Federally Qualified Health Centers: Lessons from California

Significant movement has occurred over the past few years among states, managed care organizations (MCOs), and providers, including federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), to adopt value... more

September 12 2018
Building a Robust Peer Navigator Program to Accelerate Recovery: Q&A with a Peer Program Coordinator

Coordinating Care for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders, a unique program in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County, uses peer navigators to engage people with substance use disorder (SUD) w... more

August 16 2018
Improving Care for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries through Innovative Health Plan Partnerships

The nearly 12 million Americans who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid are among the nation’s highest-need and highest-cost populations. Integrated health plans, which combine p... more

August 13 2018
Integrating Peers into Hospital Settings to Address Substance Use: Q&A with a Peer Navigator

When people with substance use disorders (SUDs) are hospitalized or visit the emergency department, there is a critical window of opportunity to connect them to recovery-related services and... more

July 19 2018
6|18 Initiative a Win-Win for Medicaid and Public Health: A Conversation with North Carolina on Tobacco Cessation

CDC’s 6|18 Initiative is bringing together state Medicaid and public health partners to improve health and control health care expenditures for six high-burden, high-cost health conditions... more

July 12 2018
Prioritizing Opportunities to Advance the Field of Trauma-Informed Care

Earlier this spring, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) convened nearly 100 health care providers, payers, researchers, and leaders from the health, education, and philanthropic se... more

July 10 2018
Medicaid is Not Just for Doctor’s Visits: Innovative Early Childhood Funding Strategies

If a family has no means of transportation, consistent prenatal care becomes extremely difficult. If a mother is homeless, she is less likely to attend a child wellness visit. If a one-year-... more

July 2 2018
Solving the Medication Complexity Conundrum through Community-Based Solutions

For many Americans, taking prescription medications is part of everyday life. Nearly 75 percent of the population takes at least one prescription medication daily, and 29 percent take five o... more

June 27 2018
Early State Efforts to Advance Value in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Programs

State Medicaid programs are beginning to adopt value-based payment (VBP) models to reward value — or high quality, cost-effective care — for the long-term services and supports (LTSS) th... more

June 26 2018
Combatting Opioid Misuse in Tennessee and West Virginia: A Conversation with Two State Medicaid Directors

The opioid epidemic is a national public health crisis, with more than 115 Americans dying daily from opioid-related overdoses. As the country’s largest health insurer, Medicaid is uniquel... more

June 19 2018
Health Affairs Blog | Overcoming Challenges To Medicaid Investments In Social Determinants Of Health

Medicaid and other payers are recognizing that health outcomes and costs are driven by factors beyond clinical care. These factors are rooted in the community and include issues such as hous... more

June 14 2018
Encouraging Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Primary Care through Value-Based Payment Strategies

Across the US, it is nearly impossible to open a newspaper and not find an article about the opioid epidemic. Its impact is ubiquitous — families, communities, and states all feel its effe... more

June 11 2018
Why Adopt CDC’s 6|18 Prevention Strategies in Medicaid?

Georgia incorporated asthma self-management education into Medicaid health plans’ performance improvement projects. Massachusetts holds its Medicaid accountable care organizations respo... more

June 7 2018
Advancing Primary Care Innovation through Medicaid Managed Care

As the health care system moves toward more sophisticated value-based payment (VBP) models, those seeking to improve efficiency continue to look to primary care as the key to prevention and ... more

June 4 2018