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Q&A: Medicaid director Emma Chacon discusses equity, COVID and the merger

| Jun 11, 2021 | Utah

Emma Chacon has served as Utah’s interim state medicaid director since March 2021, replacing Nathan Checketts who moved to the Department of Human Services as deputy director. She has acted as the medicaid deputy director and operations director at the Department of Health since 2005.   In this Q&A, Chacon discusses...[ Read More ]

Michigan schools will implement behavioral health software BH-works

| Jun 10, 2021 | Michigan

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has decided to use behavioral health software program, BH-works, in all 56 Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) which could reach more than 1.5 million students. BH-works is a behavioral health care platform powered by mdlogix aimed at streamlining communication between those who need help and...[ Read More ]

Video: Experts discuss racial disparities and equity conversations in Michigan

| Jun 9, 2021 | Michigan

A panel of experts at the 2021 Michigan State of Reform Health Policy Conference addressed how equity legislation in Michigan needs to take importance and how intentionality in equity discussions is crucial to reform.       The panelists included Dr. Renée Branch Canady, CEO of Michigan Public Health Institute, Debbie...[ Read More ]

Intermountain study shows telehealth's clinical and financial effectiveness

| Jun 9, 2021 | Utah

Intermountain Healthcare released a study last week on the clinical effectiveness of using telehealth for physical therapy (PT) after hip surgery. The study found that telehealth is just as clinically effective as in-person care and it costs less to administer.      The study, which took place pre-COVID-19, split patients...[ Read More ]

What You Missed: 2021 Michigan State of Reform Health Policy Conference

| Jun 8, 2021 | Michigan

Two weeks ago, State of Reform hosted our 2021 Michigan State of Reform Health Policy Conference bringing together speakers, thought leaders and policy experts into a multi-silo conversation built for a new digital landscape.      In this unique period in health care, we sought to bridge the gap between...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Lori Coyner discusses OHA's outlook to best care for all Oregonians

| Jun 7, 2021 | Oregon

Lori Coyner has been the medicaid director at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) since 2018. She previously worked for OHA as director of health analytics before moving to the role of managing principal for Health Management Associates.  In this Q&A with State of Reform, Coyner discusses OHA’s response to the...[ Read More ]

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