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Health care leaders are well-positioned to use cross-sector approaches to drive improvements in population health in collaboration with state leaders. Through the use of joint measurement and accountability tools, policymakers can help to improve health outcomes to an extent not possible through isolated, medical-centric efforts. This issue brief, developed by Dana Hargunani, MD, MPH, outlines how state agencies can use shared measurement and joint accountability across sectors as tools for improving population health outcomes.

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Date Created: Jan 12, 2017
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Social factors, including economic stability, housing, education, relationships, neighborhood, and other environmental influences, can have a significant impact on individuals’ health status. In order to make improvements to the health of both individuals and their communities, an integrated approach is critical. Policymakers need to bridge the gap between social services and health care delivery in their efforts to make these improvements, and several states have begun to develop innovative approaches toward this integration, which might provide valuable lessons for others.

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Date Created: Dec 5, 2016
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With health care providers increasingly being rewarded based on changes in cost of care, it is critical that sufficient statistical safeguards are in place to ensure that payment arrangements fairly reflect provider performance rather than random variation in medical utilization. The underlying changes in cost of care for populations served by patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and accountable care organizations (ACOs) are difficult to accurately assess when there are a small number of attributed patients.

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Date Created: Apr 26, 2016
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In attempting to move toward value-based payments, there exist the inherent challenges posed by the availability of data. States wishing to accelerate the transformation of the existing delivery system into one that delivers high quality and affordable health care have to take action to develop a comprehensive data collection and reporting mechanism. Such an approach can be taken using episodes of medical care as the central unit of measure.

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Date Created: Dec 22, 2015
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Tailored to the needs of state officials and other stakeholders involved in measure set creation, this webinar addresses strategies for developing and maintaining aligned quality measure sets.

Date Created: Sep 23, 2014
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This guide provides an overview of the steps states should take in developing a performance measure set—either on their own or in partnership with others—identifies critical considerations, and offers guidance in selecting measures.

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Date Created: Sep 1, 2014
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All-payer claims databases (APCDs) offer state policymakers and stakeholders access to the information they need to evaluate the cost and quality of health care. More than 30 states currently have, are implementing, or hold interest in forming an APCD. On this webinar, expert speakers outline the key elements of an APCD, offer advice on their formation, and discuss developing reports and analyses based on the resulting data.

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Date Created: Mar 25, 2014
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This paper examines the critical components of states’ APCD reporting efforts to date and suggests essential steps to creating credible and robust analytics. Drawn from interviews with APCD leaders, state-specific documents, and the experience of the authors, this paper is intended to help states with functioning and developing APCDs identify the building blocks necessary to create and evolve a comprehensive analytic program. This information may also be useful to those charged with designing APCD outputs, such as datasets and reports.

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Date Created: Jan 1, 2014
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The purpose of this paper is to assist states embarking on APCD initiatives by highlighting key considerations for building statewide APCDs and potential solutions based on experiences in early-adopting APCD states.

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Date Created: Jan 1, 2014