Public Health, State Employee Health Benefits
Medicaid, Health Care Purchasing, Health System Reform
States are actively pursuing reforms to enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care services provided to pregnant women and children, according to a report released by the National Governors Association (NGA). Many state efforts involve changes in the way services are delivered and paid for to ensure better results and improve access to care.
One way states could increase access to primary care for their residents is to consider easing their scope of practice restrictions and modifying their reimbursement policies to increase the role of nurse practitioners in providing primary care, according to a new paper released by the National Governors Association.
To improve birth outcomes in the United States, the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of four states—Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana and Michigan—to participate in a Learning Network on Improving Birth Outcomes.
The NGA Center for Best Practices' Health Division covers a broad range of health financing, service delivery, and policy issues, including containing health care costs, health insurance trends and innovations, state initiatives in public health, aging and long-term care, disease management and health care information technology, health care quality, mental health and substance abuse, and health workforce.
Website provides one-stop shop for health policy information. http://statepolicyoptions.nga.org