In the News: March 23–29

Sg2 is dedicated to helping our clients interpret the latest news and trends in health care. Below you’ll find our analysis of this week’s key industry headlines, along with links to related Sg2 resources.

Progress and Challenges for Capitated Model Demonstrations

CMS released an initial progress update for state demonstrations under its Financial Alignment Initiative, which aims to test integrated care and financing models for Medicare-Medicaid “dual-eligible” enrollees. The report paints a mixed picture for 9 states that implemented capitated payment to managed care organizations responsible for dual-enrollee care. On the one hand, it indicates positive patient experience and effects of implementing care coordination, while on the other, it reviews state struggles to train and retain care coordinators, build IT infrastructure and maintain contact with passive enrollees.

CMS’s initial report highlights potential value, as well as the level of investment in supporting staff, technologies and processes required for organizations to elevate care coordination’s role. Sg2 also believes care coordination can be a strategic priority. To learn more, read the Sg2 publication: Care Coordination: A Strategic Priority in the Shift to Accountability.

Baby Boxes Encourage Safe Sleeping Habits

This week, Alabama and Ohio joined New Jersey to provide free baby boxes to families of newborns. The boxes are meant to help reduce the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). New mothers also have a 45-minute discussion with a trained nurse about safe sleep habits.

Sg2 believes providers have opportunities to reduce severe neonatal conditions, such as SIDS or neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), along the System of CARE and that hospitals and health systems can leverage education, strategic planning and community outreach to help pregnant patients with infants at risk for NAS. For more information, read the Sg2 FAQ: Building a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome System of Care.

The Role of Birth Control in Cancer Protection

An American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study found that women who had taken birth control pills had significantly lower rates of colorectal, endometrial and ovarian cancer. The report looked at more than 46,000 women over 44 years to understand the long-term effects of the contraceptive, discovering that the medication helped reduce the rate of lymphatic and hematopoietic cancer and continued to protect women from certain cancers for 30 years or more after use.

Sg2 is well positioned to help clients understand changes and opportunities in the women’s health landscape, including insights on wellness and disease prevention programs. To learn more, check out the following Sg2 resources:

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