Expert Perspectives

Feb 3, 2015 

Supporting Behavioral Health Integration

Late last year, State Health and Value Strategies sponsored a workshop of eight states, convened by the National Association of Medicaid Directors, to discuss the integration of behavioral health care with primary care. Attendees from numerous state agencies shared the successes they’ve achieved in measuring quality, sharing data, and ensuring that beneficiaries have access to high-quality care.

Jan 30, 2015 

Updated DOI Consumer Services Toolkit Resource

Our experts at Georgetown have developed a new resource designed for consumer services personnel in state insurance regulatory agencies. The resource updates Chapter 10—Marketplace Financial Assistance—of the ACA Consumer Services Toolkit, first developed by Georgetown in 2014, and adds a new Chapter 11: Tax Issues Related to Marketplace Financial Assistance. Although the marketplaces and tax professionals are the most appropriate sources of premium tax credit information, it is likely that consumers with questions will still contact their insurance regulators for assistance.

Jan 27, 2015 

The New Focus on Value-Based Payment Models

This week, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell announced an initiative that mirrors efforts underway in many states – changing the way government pays for health care in order to focus on health and value. The Obama administration’s new plan for Medicare has three parts…