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New change expands size of pie available for SDOH investments

The New York State Medicaid Program has been at the cutting edge of addressing the social determinants of health for many years now — including contracting requirements for MCOs to partner with community based organizations, holding SDOH innovation competitions, and establishing a bureau of the Social Determinants of Health within the department. This latest development is a clear signal that investments in SDOH strategies will only continue to grow & this new investment strategy could unlock many more resources than ever before.

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BLOG POST: Fight inefficiency effectively

Jason Helgerson blogs following his recent trip to Sweden… Efficiency is one of the most commonly used terms in global health care.  Whether your country is rich or poor, you are concerned about efficiency.  This is especially the case in ageing societies where demand is growing, making maintaining quality and access a significant challenge.

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Jason Helgerson
NEWS: Helgerson Solutions in Sweden

On the 26 November 2018, Jason Helgerson addressed Forum for Välfärd in Sweden, which aimed to address the real challenges of the welfare sector. Through fact-based analysis, anchoring and in-depth dialogue with other stakeholders involved in welfare activities, the forum plans to contribute concrete, feasible proposals for lasting improvement in welfare, with special focus on healthcare and care.

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BLOG POST: Collaboration 2.0: Moving towards true person-centred care

Various versions of collaboration are being tried across the US and within the NHS in England. While we may use different acronyms – ACO, ACS, PPS, CCO, IDS, etc – each attempt at collaboration is rooted in the same theory of action that collaboration will produce the win-win. While it’s easy in theory, it’s much more challenging to implement in real-world settings around the world.

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Jason Helgerson
BLOG POST: Health and social care desperately need positive change agents

We need new care and payment models that free providers to improve care in ways that work better for patients and communities. We need to harness technology and make care more humane by truly making the system patient-centered and not provider-centered. Change agents at every level of each system must be found and empowered to lead innovation. Without them, we have darker days ahead.

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Jason Helgerson
Reflections From A Departing Medicaid Director

I firmly believe being a Medicaid director is one of the best jobs in health care policy. You get to be both a policy maker and administrator. You face some of the biggest problems in US health care, and one way or the other, you must solve them. If you fail, you won’t last very long in the position. The average tenure of a Medicaid director is 19 months.

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Jason Helgerson
The one-click healthcare challenge

I’m not suggesting that accessing healthcare is like buying a jumper. Healthcare is far more important and complex and patients need well-trained professionals to help them make decisions and access the care they need. That said, we need to harness the power of technology and innovate so that we can maximize the full value of our healthcare professions, especially given the fiscal realities we face.

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Cross-sector collaboration is a game changer for social change

The gains from cross-sector collaboration are easy to imagine, but it can often be challenging for us to know where to start. Who should I call? Who is responsible for this kind of work? How do I find the time? The good news is there is an existing framework for how sectors and institutions can work together collaboratively to solve highly complex, population-level issues – collective impact. 

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Jason Helgerson