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(February 22, 2018)

By Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation

On January 31, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) submitted a Section 1115 waiver application to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that will create a data-driven, integrated behavioral health system of care for Alaskans with serious mental illness, severe emotional disturbance, and/or substance use disorders....

(December 13, 2017)

Looking for a gift for the health policy wonk in your life?  Or need a good read while you’re taking time off this holiday season? The Harbage team read a diverse set of books this year that, in addition to being entertaining, we feel share vital lessons about our health care system and convey important ideas for consideration as we shape the future of health care policy....

(October 31, 2017)

By Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation
and Jennifer Ryan, Vice President

A community paramedic is a medically trained first responder who provides primary and preventive care services designed to reduce patients’ need for hospital visits. In many parts of the country, they are often part of a home visiting team that provides follow-up care and medication management to people recently discharged from a hospital. ...

(June 14, 2017)

By Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation
and Hilary Haycock, President


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has resulted in more than 20 million Americans gaining health coverage through the creation of the health insurance marketplaces and the expansion of the Medicaid program. Since 2010, the uninsurance rate has decreased from nearly 16 percent to only 8.8 percent today. One of the remaining challenges facing states is the instability of the individual insurance marketplace, which has caused premiums to increase significantly in some parts of the country....