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Today we face a fractured healthcare system lacking in coordinated care, inadequate technology utilization and spiraling costs. With the Oct. 1 launch of Health Insurance Marketplaces, there will be significant and perceptible differences between states in terms of health coverage, costs and care quality.
For example, states accepting generous federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage can reduce uninsured rates. States with navigators can help their citizens effectively secure premium subsidies and obtain coverage tailored to their families’ needs. Information Technology readiness will play a critical role in establishing a streamlined and integrated “no wrong door” process for accessing both public and private health benefits under the Affordable Care Act.
The National Association of Medicaid Directors has released a new report, “State Medicaid Snapshot: Affordable Care Act Implementation.” That is based on the progress and current status of a representative cross-section of states. It describes their efforts to date to implement the Medicaid program changes called for in the ACA and seeks to portray an aggregate experience of states in critical systems and process reforms in preparation for October 1 and January 1.
Bayou Health, Louisiana’s Medicaid managed care program, has shifted from a state-run insurance program to private insurance networks becoming a model for the rest of nation, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal. As a precursor to a larger Medicaid reform effort, Bayou Health has helped more than 25,000 individuals receive case management to help them manage their chronic or high-risk health conditions within the state. Read the full column.
Never have IT leaders been tasked with as many policy mandates as they are being asked to manage currently. In an upcoming issue of Healthcare Informatics, several industry leaders are interviewed on the scope of different policy issues facing healthcare IT leaders in 2013 and beyond. Visit this page to see what’s on the minds of CIOs across the country.