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What's New | September 26, 2012

State Health Care Legislation and Statewide Initiatives State Health Care Legislation and Statewide Initiatives
State legislative initiatives play an important role in efforts to improve health care services and patient outcomes. Statewide programs that demonstrate the value of health care innovation can provide models for other states seeking to achieve similar goals.

The featured policy Innovations describe four different state programs- one that reduced hospital-acquired infection rates in New York, one that boosted hospital nurse staffing in California, one that supported development of patient-centered medical homes in Maryland, and a program that improved services for persons with mental illness in Florida.

The featured QualityTools include a toolkit for state health care reform, materials to support state efforts in reducing avoidable rehospitalizations, and an online dashboard about state initiatives in health information technology.
Featured Innovations:
Featured QualityTools:

 Health Reform Toolkit Series: Resources From the Massachusetts Implementation Experience
Developed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

 HIMSS State HIT Dashboard
Developed by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

 STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Materials
Developed by Institute for Healthcare Improvement

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 Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets
Developed by Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health

 Implementation Toolsets for E-Prescribing
Developed by RAND Corporation

 National Healthcare Safety Network
Developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention