A national survey that each year measures major trends affecting children’s well-being ranks Iowa as the top state for health.
Medicaid expansion is the underpinning of Iowa’s new regional behavioral health system; without it, the success of the system’s redesign would have been far more problematic.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Hospital ACA Monitoring Project, or HAMP, collects data each quarter on all inpatient admissions and emergency department visits by payer. HAMP also collects some information on a subset of diagnoses and procedures that are believed to be sensitive to insurance status.
It’s a daunting task, but health care providers can join with social services, law enforcement, education and other agencies to possibly derail the escalation that leads to the chronic mental and physical issues found among super users. Communication, cooperation and data are the keys, along with the realization that prevention begins long before and far from the ED.
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