2013 CSG National Conference

CSG Health Policy Academy
Reducing the Bill for Chronic Diseases
Wednesday and Thursday, September 18-19, 2013
Three out of every four dollars spent for health care is spent on chronic diseases. For state budgets, the drain is even greater—Medicaid spends 83 cents of every dollar on chronic diseases. This CSG Health Policy Academy focused on chronic diseases, their burden to society and evidence-based strategies for prevention, identification and treatment. Whether it is heart disease, mental health, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease or Hepatitis C, considerable research suggests we can do better for those with these often devastating diseases while also being better stewards of state budgets. State policy strategies were presented to meet the dual goals of improving health outcomes and reducing health care spending.

The Council of State Governments hosted its 2013 National Conference from September 18 - 22 in Kansas City, Missouri.  The meeting provided state leaders with a robust agenda structured to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing state governments.   

If you would like to watch any of the sessions or would like to get copies of the presentations, please visit the individual session pages housed here in the Knowledge Center.  The audio of many of the presentations has been posted.

Project ECHO has been called a force multiplier and drawn national attention. Launched in 2003 by Dr. Sanjeev Arora at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Project ECHO teams primary care providers in remote communities with specialists in academic medical centers. It’s one of several innovative state programs designed to meet the dual goals of improving health outcomes and reducing health care spending. Programs like this will be featured at the Chronic Disease Health Policy Academy scheduled for Sept. 18-19 at the 2013 CSG National Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

State policymakers can learn more about a compact to streamline the process for authorizing online degree programs across state lines during The Council of State Governments’ 2013 National Conference in Kansas City from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 20. Drafters of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, or SARA as the agreement is called, hope it will increase access to degree attainment and reduce costs for students, states and institutions.

The reliability of power delivery to homes and businesses is perhaps one of the most critical and underappreciated aspects that make modern, 21st century living a reality. This week’s 10th anniversary of the Northeastern blackout that interrupted service for a week for more than 50 million people is a painful reminder of the cascading problems that can occur in bulk power markets and the need for continued grid modernization efforts.