State Priorities for Successful Implementation of Health Reform

by Rebecca Farley on September 20, 2010

While the new healthcare reform law contains many provisions to support improvements in states’ health care systems, it also presents implementation challenges.  States must adopt coordinated, strategic and clear approaches to health reform to ensure effective implementation. A National Academy for State Health Policy report identifies ten aspects of federal health reform that states must get right in order to be successful. These areas are:

  1. Be Strategic with the Insurance Exchange
  2. Regulate the Commercial Health Insurance Market Effectively
  3. Simplify and Integrate Eligibility Systems
  4. Expand Provider and Health System Capacity
  5. Attend to Benefit Design
  6. Focus on the Dually Eligible
  7. Use your Data
  8. Pursue Population Health Goals
  9. Engage the Public in Policy Development and Implementation
  10. Demand Quality and Efficiency from the Health Care System

The report provides descriptions and strategies for each priority and recommends that states begin this process now, even as we await additional guidance from the federal government.

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