Hilltop staff presented at the 2019 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM). Senior Policy Analyst Charles Betley, MA, presented this poster at both the State Health Policy Interest Group Meeting on June 1 and the ARM on June 3. This poster summarizes the work Betley led to analyze Mississippi Medicaid claims data and quantify the financial impact of tobacco use on Mississippi’s Medicaid program.

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This report describes the services The Hilltop Institute provided to the Maryland Department of Health (the Department) under the Master Agreement between Hilltop and the Department. The report covers fiscal year (FY) 2018 (July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018). Hilltop’s interdisciplinary staff provided a wide range of services, including: Medicaid program development and policy analysis; HealthChoice program support, evaluation, and financial analysis; long-term services and supports program development, policy analysis, and financial analytics; and data management and web-accessible database development.

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Hilltop Senior Policy Analyst Charles Betley, MA, is a co-author of this top-cited article published in the journal Population Health Management. The article presents the findings of a study, funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which sought to examine whether Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation and benefit levels are associated with reduced subsequent hospital and emergency department utilization in low-income older adults who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles). Researchers found that while participation in SNAP did reduce hospitalizations, it did not reduce ED visits. The research team is a collaboration led by Benefits Data Trust (BDT) including BDT, Hilltop, the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing and Public Health, and Northwestern University. Organizational partners include the Maryland Departments of Health and Human Resources.

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Hilltop Senior Policy Analyst Charles Betley, MA, is a co-author of this article published in the journal BMC Geriatrics. The article presents the findings of a study, funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which sought to examine whether Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation and benefit levels are associated with reduced subsequent hospital and emergency department utilization in low-income older adults who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles). Researchers found that while participation in SNAP did reduce hospitalizations, it did not reduce ED visits. The research team is a collaboration led by Benefits Data Trust (BDT) including BDT, Hilltop, the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing and Public Health, and Northwestern University. Organizational partners include the Maryland Departments of Health and Human Resources.

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This is the eleventh issue brief in a series published by the Hospital Community Benefit Program. This brief discusses the fact that payment reform focusing on value and quality is driving change that is redefining the hospital’s role in the continuum of care and the health of the broader population. This brief also identifies opportunities for state policymakers to encourage the evolution of hospital community benefit policy in ways that complement and support the realignment of the hospital business model, proactively address the social determinants of health, and ultimately improve the health of the entire community.

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Hilltop Policy Analyst Jessica Skopak, JD, PhD, presented a poster at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Prevention Research, Comprehensive and Coordinated Prevention Systems: Building Partnerships and Transcending Boundaries, held May 27-30, 2014, in Washington, DC. This poster describes Hilltop’s evaluation of the partnership component of the Maryland Asthma Control Program.

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This is the ninth issue brief in a series released by Hilltop’s Hospital Community Benefit Program. This brief continues the program’s examination of state-level community benefit oversight by focusing on the ten states that require hospitals to develop implementation strategies.  

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Policy Analyst Jessica Skopac, JD, MPH, gave this panel presentation at the 27th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) October 19, 2013.

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This is the eighth issue brief in a series published by Hilltop’s Hospital Community Benefit Program. This brief focuses on updating significant points concerning community health needs assessment (CHNA) and other aspects of community benefit discussed in the earlier briefs, as well as on identifying and exploring more recent developments and emerging issues. Specifically, this brief discusses the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS’s) 2013 proposed rules, “Community Health Needs Assessments for Charitable Hospitals,” and their potential impact on nonprofit hospital needs assessment, community benefit planning, and collaborative approaches to community health improvement.

 

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Hilltop Hospital Community Benefit Program Policy Analyst Gayle D. Nelson, JD, MPH, gave a presentation at a National Association of Counties (NaCo) webinar titled “Using the Community Health Needs Assessment to Inform Policymaking” on May 30, 2013. In her presentation, Nelson provided a legal context for community health needs assessment (CHNA); described CHNA’s role in community health improvement; and discussed CHNA requirements and processes for nonprofit hospitals.

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