Debra Miller

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The Department of Health and Human Services released new data yesterday showing that enrollment in the high risk insurance pools created by the federal health reform bill increased nearly 50 percent in the last three months, going from about 8,000 to 12,000 individuals.

 

Rick Scott ran for governor with a seven-point plan—one of those points was a proposal to test welfare recipients for drug use. That may have helped get him elected. After the election, Scott told a Sun Sentinel reporter he is sticking to plans to push for mandatory drug-testing for Florida’s 3.1 million welfare recipients. 

Six more states have joined the lawsuit filed in Florida asking to have the federal health reform act declared unconstitutional, according to the Miami Herald, bringing the plaintiff count in Florida to 26 states.  The six new states are Ohio, Kansas, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Maine -- all states where Republican candidates for attorney general replaced Democratic attorneys general after the November 2010 election.

 

Ask state legislators what the top health issues will be in the upcoming 2011 session and the answer is likely to be “Medicaid, Medicaid and Medicaid.” States will struggle to maintain service levels for current enrollees. At the same time, states need to begin planning for the coverage expansions mandated by federal health reform even as many fear the budget math is simply unworkable. 

 
Programs under federal health reform aim to tackle the persistent challenges of rural health disparities through expanded access and quality. New investments in rural primary care work force development and changes to rural hospital financing are part of the strategies to improve quality and reduce cost while improving health. State experts will describe how investments in telemedicine are bringing immediate specialized care to remote areas to save lives and reduce unnecessary care and costs. Hear about state successes in teaching patients to effectively manage chronic diseases, showing how integrating information technology, coordinating health providers, and incorporating evidence-based service improvement could diminish rural health disparities.
 

Programs under federal health reform aim to tackle the persistent challenges of rural health disparities through expanded access and quality. New investments in rural primary care work force development and changes to rural hospital financing are part of the strategies to improve quality and reduce cost while improving health. State experts will describe how investments in telemedicine are bringing immediate specialized care to remote areas to save lives and reduce unnecessary care and costs. Hear about state successes in teaching patients to effectively manage chronic diseases, showing how integrating information technology, coordinating health providers, and incorporating evidence-based service improvement could diminish rural health disparities.

Programs under federal health reform aim to tackle the persistent challenges of rural health disparities through expanded access and quality. New investments in rural primary care work force development and changes to rural hospital financing are part of the strategies to improve quality and reduce cost while improving health. State experts will describe how investments in telemedicine are bringing immediate specialized care to remote areas to save lives and reduce unnecessary care and costs. Hear about state successes in teaching patients to effectively manage chronic diseases, showing how integrating information technology, coordinating health providers, and incorporating evidence-based service improvement could diminish rural health disparities.

Programs under federal health reform aim to tackle the persistent challenges of rural health disparities through expanded access and quality. New investments in rural primary care work force development and changes to rural hospital financing are part of the strategies to improve quality and reduce cost while improving health. State experts will describe how investments in telemedicine are bringing immediate specialized care to remote areas to save lives and reduce unnecessary care and costs. Hear about state successes in teaching patients to effectively manage chronic diseases, showing how integrating information technology, coordinating health providers, and incorporating evidence-based service improvement could diminish rural health disparities.

As states expand access to health insurance coverage under federal health reform, big questions remain about how to simultaneously improve the quality of health care and slow the growth in health costs. This session will focus on how some states have implemented innovative comprehensive programs to address these elusive policy goals.  Presenters will also provide program examples in the areas of administrative efficiencies, prevention and wellness, patient centered health homes, and payment reforms that have proven successful and are ready for replication by other states.

As states expand access to health insurance coverage under federal health reform, big questions remain about how to simultaneously improve the quality of health care and slow the growth in health costs. This session will focus on how some states have implemented innovative comprehensive programs to address these elusive policy goals.  Presenters will also provide program examples in the areas of administrative efficiencies, prevention and wellness, patient centered health homes, and payment reforms that have proven successful and are ready for replication by other states.

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