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  • The Affordable Care Act introduced numerous reforms aimed at helping small businesses provide health benefits for their employees—and it’s poised to take those reforms a step further next year by expanding the definition of small group to include mid-sized employers.

  • This webinar explored health plan strategies for improving pediatric preventive care by promoting Bright Futures guidelines through provider networks and directly to members.

  • We’ve all heard about the eye-popping price tags: cancer drugs that cost $14,000 a month, new hepatitis C drugs pegged at $84,000 for a course of treatment.

  • Each year millions of children miss screenings, immunizations and well visits despite the lifelong benefits of preventive care in childhood. The Affordable Care Act expands coverage of all preventive services recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the Bright Futures guidelines.

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has published a report evaluating the evidence base for interventions to address the social determinants of health.

  • The emergence of new online tools—built by journalists, for journalists—has made it easier than ever to visualize health care data. With the power to build charts comes the responsibility to portray information accurately and in a way that enhances the story for your readers.

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Investing in Early Childhood: Partnerships to Implement Home Visiting Programs

October 26, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

According to the Institute of Medicine, premature births cost the U.S. $26 billion each year and represent 35 percent of total U.S. spending on health care for infants. Three randomized controlled trials (RCT) have shown that adopting the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) model, a home visiting program connecting low-income first-time parents and their children with registered nurses, reduces the incidence of premature births and provides significant benefits for children and parents. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act recognized the importance of and potential for home visiting programs to reduce health care spending and increase the return on investment of federal health dollars by establishing a $1.5 billion federal grant program for state-based home visiting programs. Private health foundations, cognizant of the importance of leveraging both public and private resources to improve the health and well being of mothers and babies, are also making significant contributions to home visiting programs such as NFP. This webinar brought together public and private sector stakeholders that explored how partnering to invest in early childhood reaps benefits for children and families and will ultimately benefit all of society.

More information:

    • The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program: Audrey Yowell, PhD, MSSS, Acting Chief, Early Childhood Health and Development Branch, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration
    • Public-Private Partnerships for Greater Impact on Maternal and Child Health Outcomes:
      • Veronica Creech, Regional Manager, Program Development and Peggy Hill, Chief Strategic Relations Officer, Nurse-Family Partnership
      • Harvey Galloway, Executive Director and Jennifer DuMont, MPH, Senior Research Consultant/Grant Manager, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation
      • Katie Eyes, MSW, Program Manager, Health of Vulnerable Populations, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Sponsored by a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

 
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