The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's State Health Reform Assistance Network has recently produced two reports that offer practical tools and advice to help with implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the state level.
Managing State-Level ACA Implementation Through Interagency Collaboration
This report describes the leadership and coordination strategies being successfully used by states during early implementation of the ACA. It provides several tools and spreadsheets that state officials and stakeholders can use to identify needed program changes and monitor the progress of reform.
Predicting the Health Insurance Coverage Impacts of Complex Policy Changes:
A New Tool for States
The University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) released a projection model designed to help states estimate the coverage impact of the ACA. States can use the model to test the potential impact of various policy choices.
New Report Shows a Significant Decrease in Adolescent Smoking During Past Decade
According to a report by SAMHSA, current smoking among 12-17-year-olds fell significantly from 2002 to 2010 in 41 states. The report also showed that during the same period, adolescent perception of risk from cigarette smoking remained unchanged in most states.
Adolescent cigarette use nationwide declined from 12.6% to 8.7%, but significant differences remained among states. For example, Wyoming had the nation's highest rate of 13.5%-more than double Utah's, which had the lowest rate, of 5.9 %. The study defined current use as smoking in the past month.
The report, State Estimates of Adolescent Cigarette Use and Perceptions of Risk of Smoking: 2009 and 2010, is based on findings from SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports for the years 2002-2003 and 2009-2010.
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Lisa Kroon and Robin Corelli from University of California, San Francisco, and Andrew Roth and Karen Hudmon from Purdue University recently published a paper on public perceptions of the ban on tobacco sales in San Francisco community pharmacies, http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2012/11/20/tobaccocontrol-2012-050602.full.pdf.
Follow this link to read Steve Schroeder, MD's commentary from the Archives of Internal Medicine, titled Smoking Among Hospitalized Patients: Another Opportunity to Improve Patients' Health Comment on "Prevalence and Predictors of Smoking by Inpatients During a Hospital Stay".
In addition, Dr. Schroeder published another editorial recently in JAMA, "How clinicians can help smokers to quit" http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1383219.
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