Health Policy Resources
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.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
NH Oral Health Baseline Survey I
This survey identifies oral health resources and promising practices in community-based, non-traditional settings. The report presents an inventory and examination of the state's community-based oral health programs with consideration of promising and best practice criteria for use by providers, policymakers, program planners and consumers.
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.
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.
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
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.