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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....

(January 23, 2018)

By Ryan MacDonald, Director of Outreach and Engagement

Health consumer outreach is critical to the success of the innovative but complex delivery system transformation efforts that are taking place across the country. Many of the changes to the way care is delivered and paid for impact health consumers directly and can be exceptionally personal.  Consumers can provide valuable feedback to policy makers and others implementing new health care programs....

(January 02, 2018)

While 2017 has been a tumultuous year for everyone committed to ensuring access to affordable, quality health care for all Americans, we are grateful that our firm has had many opportunities to help improve Medicaid programs across the country.  As a mission-focused health policy and communications consulting firm, we are proud to provide our clients with the end-to-end support they need to design, implement, and operate their public health care programs in an effective and sustainable manner. Our work has spanned 10 states and more than a dozen localities over the past two years and we look forward to opportunities to continue to share our expertise and lessons learned in 2018. ...

(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....

(November 30, 2017)

By Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation

Recently, the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) released a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the future direction of the agency’s priorities. The RFI noted that CMS was seeking feedback on “a new direction to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms that empower beneficiaries as consumers, provide price transparency, increase choices and competition to drive quality, reduce costs, and improve outcomes.”...

(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. ...

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