Health Policy

Monday, October 22, 2018

NH Primary Care Behavioral Health Workforce Poster

Learn about statewide collaboration to enhance the primary care behavioral health workforce.  This poster provides the framework for the effort including main goals, strategies and objectives.  From demand for behavioral health clinicians to training pathways and career ladders, this poster provides an overview and roadmap for this important issue.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Community Perspective on Patient and Family Engagement

The idea of engaging patients and families at different levels moves healthcare away from the paternalistic view that patients are to be passive receivers of care. Healthcare is moving towards a true partnership with patients and their families to improve patient safety, quality and the patient experience. 

The Partnership for Patients is a public-private partnership working to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for all Americans. Sixteen Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINs) received grant funds with the goal of reducing hospital acquired conditions, readmissions and improving equity and patient and family engagement. All New Hampshire acute care hospitals participate in this initiative, through the Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC) under contract with the American Hospital Association Health Research & Trust HIIN.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Covering the Care: Cost Sharing Reductions in NH

People enrolling in plans offered on the Marketplace (policy holders) have access to two types of financial assistance: premium tax credits and Cost Sharing Reductions (CSRs). This brief focuses on Cost Sharing Reductions.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Integrating Behavioral Health & Primary Care in New Hampshire: A Path Forward to Sustainable Practice & Payment Transformation

New Hampshire residents face challenges with behavioral and physical health conditions and the interplay between them.  National studies show the costs and burden of illness from behavioral health conditions and co-occurring chronic health conditions that are not adequately treated in either primary care or behavioral health settings.  This report presents findings after bringing together more than 60 organizations, including providers of all types and sizes, all of the state's community mental health centers, all of the major private and public insurers, and government and other stakeholders.  This NH Behavioral Health Integration Learning Collaborative (BHI) shares information on evidence-based practice for integrated behavioral health in primary care.  This report also shares NH data on integration practices.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Covering the Care: A Focus on the NH Marketplace

A major goal of the Affordable Care Act is to reduce the number of people without health insurance.  What is the NH Health Insurance Marketplace and how are NH residents receiving coverage?
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New Hampshire Primary Care Behavioral Health Workforce Development Plan

There are three general goals for the plan:  1. Improve the skill of the current behavioral health workforce in primary care, 2. Develop the future primary care behavioral health workforce, 3. Provide support so that primary care practices can evolve their integrated behavioral health programming to take advantage of the developing workforce.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Covering the Care: Health Insurance Coverage in New Hampshire

The dramatic increase in the number of individuals in NH with health insurance coincides with a major policy change passed in March 2010, the Affordable Care Act.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Economic and Employment Consequences of Repealing Federal Health Reform: New Hampshire

The incoming administration and Congress have placed a high priority on repealing key parts of the Affordable Care Act.  Research has shown that repeal could double the number of Americans who are uninsured.  What would that mean for New Hampshire?  This briefing sheet lays it out.
Friday, December 9, 2016

Access to Care in the New Hampshire Medicaid Program

This Urban Institute report documents the pre-managed care experience, opportunities for improvement and early experiences under Medicaid Managed Care in New Hampshire.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Resource Guide for Addiction and Mental Health Care Consumers

Navigating the maze of health insurance coverage can be difficult.  For individuals with addiction and mental illness, the process of getting treatment approved and paid for by health insurance can be overwhelming.  As a result, many people give up when their health insurance company denies coverage for needed services.  This Guide can help people learn how to access health insurance and use their coverage to pay for treatment.  This Guide also provides a basic explanation of consumers' rights under the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Who will provide integrated care?

This report assesses the workforce for the integration of behavioral health and primary care in New Hampshire.  Researchers at Antioch University New England's Center for Behavioral Health Innovation sought to better understand the current and future workforce needs of primary care settings, with a focus on safety net providers.  They assessed the extent to which NH-based training institutions are preparing their students for Integrated Behavioral Health roles in primary care.  Researchers also leveraged scholarly literature, the Cherokee report and other findings to develop a NH-based IBH workforce development plan.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Risk-Based Managed Care in New Hampshire's Medicaid Program

This is the first report in a series that will be prepared during a three-year evaluation of the statewide implementation of risk-based managed care in New Hampshire's Medicaid program.  This report provides an overview of managed care as of mid-2014 and examines early experience with the implementation of managed care for Medicaid acute care services.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care in NH

A new study, commissioned by the Endowment for Health and conducted by Cherokee Health Systems, documents the current level of integration within New Hampshire's health system and examines the policy and financing enablers and inhibitors.  The study further lays out a series of recommendations to create a more integrated health system.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Health Finance

The NH Center for Public Policy Studies has been conducting research that focuses on public polices and private practices that affect the cost of health care, where it is provided, who gets it, and who pays for it. The ultimate goal of the project is to identify policies and practices that would maintain or enhance every resident’s ability to obtain quality health care at a reasonable price.
Monday, April 23, 2012

Analysis of the Basic Health Plan Options for NH

The Basic Health Program (BHP) is often described as providing an affordability bridge between public and private insurance coverage. The BHP allows states to offer eligible individuals lower premium and cost sharing than what would be required in the Exchange. This has the potential to increase participation and reduce the number of uninsured residents.
Saturday, August 1, 2009

Measuring the Health of the Healthcare System: NH's Healthcare Dashboard 2009

This Dashboard provides an effective way of judging the progress New Hampshire is making in improving the health of our citizens.
Monday, January 7, 2008

A Pound of Prevention

The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Policy Team of the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative has released its first report on health care in New Hampshire, “A Pound of Prevention.

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Stepping Up to the Future

In September 2004, the Endowment for Health convened a group of New Hampshire citizens to assess the growing challenges to New Hampshire’s health care system. Drawn from all areas and sectors of our state, the Citizen Roundtable members represented a broad diversity of experience and opinions about health care quality, how health care is paid for and made available, and how well our health care system is working for our state.
The Citizens Roundtable met from September through December 2004 in a series of meetings that combined informative presentations from New Hampshire and national experts and thoughtful discussion of information, issues, and their implications. This report is a compilation of the recommendations.  Also see the 7-Steps to a Healthier Health System Brouchure that outlines the steps.