Creating the tool is not enough: Implementing and evaluating the Hospital Guide to Reducing Medicaid Readmissions

High rates of avoidable Medicaid readmissions are a particular problem in safety net hospitals, which serve our nation’s most vulnerable, low-income populations. Hospital readmissions are frequent, costly, and can indicate poor quality of care. To date, most policies and best practice research have focused on reducing readmissions among the Medicare population, but recent studies indicate … Continue reading “Creating the tool is not enough: Implementing and evaluating the Hospital Guide to Reducing Medicaid Readmissions”

Early Observations Show Safety-Net ACOs Hold Promise to Achieve the Triple Aim and Promote Health Equity

JSI expert staff offer five key observations regarding emerging safety-net Accountable Care Organizations and suggest broad policy implications.

ACA outreach and enrollment: Don’t be a grasshopper!

Although the annual open enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ended on March 31, 2014, there is no reason agencies should halt all efforts when it comes to outreach and enrollment.

As health reform increases patient choices, ensuring respectful patient care at Title X family planning clinics becomes more important than ever

A new video and toolkit may help clinics reach that goal.

NCDs: Learning from the Experience in High Income Countries

While there are significant differences between the NCD epidemics in countries of varying socio-economic development, there are many similarities. Lessons learned from our experiences in HIC can, and should, be applied to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

NCDs: Their Path Towards Global Dominance

Until very recently, NCDs were in the remote background of a global health agenda dominated by infectious and maternal/neonatal ailments in lower- and middle-income countries (LMIC). And in fact, globally deaths from communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional causes dropped from 34% in 1990 to 25% in 2010. At the same time, however, NCDs have continued to increase and today account for almost two-thirds of deaths worldwide. Cardiovascular disease alone is the leading cause of death with 80% of those deaths occurring in LMIC.

The funding is commendable: but what about coordination? Working together to save children’s lives

There are roughly 750 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Among other benchmarks, this means reducing the number of child deaths worldwide by two-thirds (MDG4).

Addressing the impact of noncommunicable diseases

In the world today, more people live in urban than in rural communities, more people are overweight than are underweight, and more people die from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) than from infections.

Strengthening Liberia’s health system one map at a time

A country ravaged by 14 years of civil war, Liberia has imminent needs spanning every sector. Both the international community and the Government of Liberia (GoL) have identified strengthening health systems as a key priority. The civil war reduced the available health workforce and impacted the country’s ability to provide essential health services. Although the … Continue reading “Strengthening Liberia’s health system one map at a time”

Women Deliver Day 1: Saying NO to cervical cancer: Promising advances in global HPV vaccination

Even before my dear friend, Cindy deNeve, died young of cervical cancer, I cared deeply about prevention via HPV vaccination. My new granddaughter and Cindy’s two small daughters will avoid cervical cancer because they can afford the expensive vaccine. Not so for millions of young girls in poor and middle income countries.