Denver—A health system that delivers quality care more affordably is possible, according to a new report issued by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). With health costs continuing to rise, state policymakers play important roles in reducing wasteful and inefficient spending by reforming how health services are delivered and paid for.
The issue brief, “Improving the Health Care System: Seven State Strategies,” highlights state actions to deliver better care at lower costs by changing payment models, using better data, focusing on patients’ needs, addressing the sickest and highest cost patients, integrating physical and behavioral health, investing in prevention and promoting safety.
The brief details how a Minnesota demonstration project reduced emergency department visits by 20 percent by increasing primary care visits, and how Nebraska and New Hampshire are helping consumers learn more about health services costs and quality.
The brief was supported with funding from The Commonwealth Fund.
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NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.