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April 2015 St@teside

New AcademyHealth Publications on CHIP, Narrow Networks, and Evidence Translation

How are CHIPRA Quality Demonstration States Using Quality Reports to Drive Health Care Improvements for Children

This new Evaluation Highlight focuses on how six states are using quality reports to draw attention to state- or practice-level performance on quality measures in order to drive improvements in the quality of care for children. More specifically, this highlight describes the reports that six states—Alaska, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, and North Carolina—produced and used to encourage quality improvement at the state and practice levels, and the changes that occurred as a result.
Read the entire Evaluation Highlight here.

Health Plan Features: Implications of Narrow Networks and the Trade-Off between Price and Choice
The use of narrow provider networks, a structure in which insurers generally seek to offer lower premiums by limiting the group of providers available to plan enrollees, has gained popularity as of late. With the growth of narrow network plans, it is important to understand the effectiveness of existing and emerging network design strategies and the potential for policies to ensure consumer access to high-quality care.In December 2014, AcademyHealth convened an expert panel to examine existing research on network design and use, to discuss the impact of narrow networks and tiered networks on consumers, to review policies and practices for ensuring that networks are adequate, and to identify areas for additional research. The issue brief of this panel’s discussion was recently published and is available on the AcademyHealth website.
This expert panel and issue brief is part of AcademyHealth’s Research Insights Project.

Moving Health Services Research into Policy and Practice: Lessons from Inside and Outside the Health Sector
A new report from AcademyHealth's Translation and Dissemination Institute highlights key findings from a 2014 workshop and series of commissioned papers that looked to fields inside and outside of health care for practical lessons on translating and disseminating research and other technical information. Supported by RWJF and Kaiser Permanente, this "Lessons Project" gathered relevant insights from diverse disciplines including museum studies, science communication, and international development.