Medical Homes: Building Blocks to Health System Reform

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.

2013 National Conference

CSG Health Policy Academy
Reducing the Bill for Chronic Diseases
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.

Presentation by Barbara Wirth, M.D., M.S., Program Manager, National Academy for State Health Policy

Medical Homes: Building Blocks to Health System Reform

Barbara Wirth

Barbara Wirth joined NASHP in 2012 as a program manager where she analyzes best practices in health system performance and provides technical assistance to states. Her current projects focus on medical homes, health information technology, convening federal/state dialogues to discuss critical delivery system issues, and Medicaid programs for chronic disease prevention. Prior to joining NASHP, Barbara was a research associate at the Muskie School Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and worked directly with the state of Colorado to develop training products for the child welfare division and the judicial sector on child development and kinship care. Past experience includes her positions as Maine Chapter Chairman of the Asperger’s Association of New England and as a practicing pediatrician in New England.