Health Care Policy Innovations
Health Care Policy Innovations Wednesday, June 6, 2012
With this biweekly issue, the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange expands its scope to include health care policy innovations in addition to its current focus on health care service delivery innovations.
Health care policy innovation profiles will describe creative implementations of new or altered governmental or private initiatives that aim to improve health care quality by changing behavior through regulatory mechanisms, incentives, or other means to ensure accountability. We look for policies that are innovative in the context of their setting or target population, and that have important implications for the delivery of patient care.
View the complete inclusion criteria for health care policy innovations or the combined inclusion criteria for health care service delivery and policy innovations.
This issue’s featured Innovations describe an insurer’s incentive and support structure to stimulate quality improvement, a health care policy initiative implemented by the State of Connecticut, and a California state program that supports health care facilities in meeting a legislative mandate.
The featured QualityTools include a legislative toolkit to assist policymakers with the design of health insurance exchanges and resources to support States in developing or improving adverse event reporting systems.
- State Agency Promotes Integrated Mental Health and Addiction Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders, Leading to Better Access and Positive Outcomes
- State Health Department Support Spurs Development of Many Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs After Passage of Legislative Mandate
- Insurer Provides Financial Incentives, Infrastructure, and Other Support To Stimulate Provider Participation in Quality Improvement Collaborations
Also in This Issue:
- AIDS Care Project Makes Acupuncture Treatment Accessible to People Living With HIV/AIDS
- Group-Based, Culturally Sensitive Weight-Loss Program for Families Leads to Improvements in Children's Health-Related Behaviors and Declines in Body Mass Index
- Family-Oriented Program Combines Medical Care and Behavioral Counseling, Leading to Health Improvements in Obese Children and Adolescents
- Hospital Partnership Offers Pathways-Based Case Management Program, Leading to Enhanced Access to Appropriate Care for Uninsured