Since HPIO’s founding in 2004, hosting educational forums has been at the core of the Institute’s work. HPIO organizes educational forums that provide state policymakers and all Ohioans with the opportunity to hear objective analysis from nationally recognized experts on current health policy issues and their potential impact on Ohio.
In its report “For the Public’s Health: Investing in a Healthier Future,” the Institute of Medicine found that “it is no longer sufficient to expect that reforms in the medical care delivery system alone will improve the public’s health” and that investing in more upstream causes of ill health could significantly improve health outcomes in the United States.
Almost all U.S. health spending goes to “sick care” rather than to prevention, thereby missing opportunities to stop health problems before they become more burdensome and costly. Studies have estimated that factors outside the traditional health care setting—behavior patterns, environmental issues and social circumstances—account for more than half of the causes of premature death.
This forum explored opportunities to improve the health of Ohioans by addressing the many factors that shape health beyond the doctor’s office.
Health coverage options for Ohioans without access to affordable employer-sponsored health insurance will change significantly in 2014. Open enrollment for Ohio’s federally facilitated marketplace begins Oct. 1, 2013, for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Ohio'a decision to expand Medicaid, combined with the introduction of an online eligibility and enrollment system, also will dramatically change the way Medicaid coverage is accessed in 2014.
This forum explored questions such as:
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July 18-19, 2013
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Health invite hosted two workshops sponsored by the National Network of Public Health Institutes and the Association of State and Territorial Health Organizations.
Presentation and handouts on shared use agreements from Robert Ogilvie of ChangeLab Solutions:
Presentation and handouts on the Community Guide to Preventive Services:
July 16, 2013
"Wellpoint - A private payer’s perspective on telehealth and innovation" -- John Jesser, VP Provider Engagement Strategy, WellPoint
"Ohio telehealth policy landscape and workgroup charge" -- Jonathan Neufeld, PhD, Clinical Director, Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center
July 15, 2013
Are you interested in improving health through policy change, but not quite sure what kinds of advocacy your organization is allowed to do? This presentation by an Alliance for Justice expert in nonprofit advocacy will help to sort out the rules and restrictions that apply to nonprofit and government organizations so that you can confidently move forward with policy change work.
Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave. Columbus, OH 43215
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is an emerging practice that aims to enhance the positive health impacts of public policy decisions and development projects and to eliminate, reduce, or mitigate negative impacts on health. The Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Cincinnati Health Department, Columbus Public Health and Human Impact Partners hosted this introductory session on how HIA can be effectively used to improve state and local policy-making.
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
The Fawcett Center
The Ohio State University, 2400 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Keynote Address: Leveraging social learning networks and technologies for quality improvements in healthcare -- Dr. Brian McGowan, Chief Learning Officer & Co-Founder at ArcheMedX Author of #SOCIALQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare
Predictive analytics and decision support for improving patient care (click speaker name below for their presentation)
Applying behavioral economics to end of life decisions -- Dr. Scott Halpern, Deputy Director, The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the Leonard Davis Institute (CHIBE) University of Pennsylvania
What public health can learn from the community development sector -- David Erickson, Manager, Center for Community Development Investments, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Improving the consumer experience: lessons from the design industry -- Dr. Xiaobo Quan, Research Associate, the Pebble Project, Center for Health Design
Patient safety: Lessons learned from the nuclear power industry -- Howard Bergendahl, President, the Bergendahl Institute, LLC
Ohio panel on patient safety: (click speaker name below for their presentation)
Discover how looking outside of health and health care settings can foster the type of integrative thinking and collaboration that leads to innovative solutions.
This one-day conference showcased innovative approaches to health-related issues that have been adopted from other industries or sectors, and that have the potential to reduce costs, improve outcomes or increase acces.
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners hosted a forum April 19 in New Philadelphia, Ohio, to showcase community initiatives in Appalachian Ohio that are working to increase access to healthy food and physical activity in order to prevent obesity and chronic disease.
This forum was sponsored by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
This forum explored the intersection of health policy and politics. Health policy has become one of the most hot-button, emotional issues in public policy. In an increasingly politically partisan atmosphere, substantive civil dialogue about the merits of various health policy approaches has been lacking. This forum filled that void and provided an opportunity to listen to and engage in a civil discourse around health policy. The event featured dialogue between Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and Avik Roy, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Insitute and the author of the Forbes magazine blog The Apothocary. The event also featured a bipartisan panel of Ohio legislators.
Health and Health Care in Ohio Amy Rohling McGee, HPIO
Public Health Insurance (Medicaid and Medicare) Mary Wachtel, HPIO
Private Health Insurance Doug Anderson Bailey Cavalieri, LLC and Reem Aly, HPIO
Public Health and Prevention Amy Bush Stevens, HPIO
Health Information Technology
Business Perspective on Health and Health Care David Uldricks, Employers Health Coalition
Access to health care: children and families Panel moderated by Daphne Saneholtz, Vorys Health Care Advisors, LLC
Ohio’s role in preventing infant mortality and low birth weights Jo M. Bouchard, Bureau of Child and Family Health Services, Ohio Department of Health
Trauma: a public health Issue Kythryn Carr Hurd, Franklin County Children Services
Health services and other supports for transitioning youth Crystal Allen, PCSAO
It is widely understood and accepted that Ohio is facing a primary care workforce shortage across medical, dental, and mental/behavioral health care. However, the workforce issue goes beyond the number of providers; it’s also about how care is delivered and how the workforce is distributed.
This forum focused primarily on the primary care workforce and explored what drives workforce concerns — both present and future, a closer look at Ohio’s primary care workforce and promising practices and resources for moving forward.
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration
Below are pdf versions of the slide decks of every presenter who chose to use Powerpoint for their presentation
"The Business Perspective: The Value of Primary Care" Cindy Kip, Vice President of Human Resources Operations, Nationwide
Panel: Preparing Ohio’s Primary Care Workforce of the Future
Panel: Promising Practices in Primary Care Workforce
Overview of Access Issues -- Amy Rohling McGee President, Health Policy Institute of Ohio
Looking Ahead: The Impact of Health Reform on Access -- Alan Weil, Executive Director, National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
What's Ahead for Ohio Medicaid -- John McCarthy, Ohio Medicaid Director
What is access and why does it matter? An Ohio snapshot -- Dr. Sharon Hull, Professor, Family and Community Medicine at NEOMED; Medical Director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Collaborative
Additional material from Dr. Hull:
- A Snapshot of Effective Access to Health Care in Ohio -- Ohio Family Health Survey Policy Brief
- Effective Access to Health Care Providers and Services in Ohio: Analysis of Intermediate and Proximate Outcomes -- OFHS sponsored research paper
Closing the access gap: Ensuring equity and fairness for all Ohioans -- Angela Cornelius Dawson, Executive Director, Ohio Commission on Minority Health
Coverage does not necessarily guarantee access to health care and access is only one of many factors impacting health outcomes. What, then, does access to healthcare really mean, and why does it matter?
This forum explored these questions, as well as:
Hosted by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Association of Ohio Health Commissioner, this forum showcased community initiatives in Allen, Marion, Lucas and Montgomery counties that are working to increase access to healthy food and physical activity in order to prevent obesity and chronic disease.
Participants learned about practical approaches to policy, environmental and systems change, with a special emphasis on lower-cost strategies that can be used in rural, suburban and urban Ohio communities. Participants also learned about several new resources, including a new online policy change training program from ODH. The forum concluded with an interactive discussion about how to spread the lessons learned from grant-funded obesity prevention projects to reach all Ohio communities.
Telehealth is an emerging strategy to address access and quality-of-care issues. The term “telehealth” includes subtopics such as an exchange of medical information from one site to another via electronic communications for the purpose of providing clinical support or care; remote clinical care and patient monitoring; e-health; professional and patient-related health education and health information management.
Few events in Ohio have focused on bringing together Ohio's stakeholders and policymakers specifically around the issues of telehealth. The forum aimed to:
HPIO hosted a one-day conference designed to foster innovative strategies to improve health care quality and control costs, and highlight policy changes that could support and replicate these innovations throughout Ohio.
The purpose of the conference was to showcase promising practices and innovative health policy solutions that will help to improve health and reduce costs, and to equip and motivate policymakers and other stakeholders to build upon the successful efforts that are already being implemented in Ohio.
One of the cornerstones of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the establishment of affordable insurance exchanges where consumers and small businesses can shop for, select, and enroll in private health insurance plans. Under the ACA, exchanges must be operational by Jan. 1, 2014. States have the option of establishing and operating their own exchanges or ceding establishment and operation of exchanges to the federal government. Alternatively, states may elect to establish a hybrid exchange model operated as a state-federal partnership.
Given the tight timeline for implementation, now is the time for states to be thinking about their options. If the ACA is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, state officials must be prepared to make a decision on which exchange model is best for their state. If the state chooses the state-run model or the hybrid model, many more key decisions will follow that will affect nearly every Ohioan.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) permits states to cover certain low-income individuals through a Basic Health Program (BHP). States that choose to do so receive 95 percent of what the federal government would have paid in the form of tax credits and subsidies for these individuals to receive coverage through the insurance exchange.
This forum examined the BHP and its potential impact on Ohio and consumers in the state.
HPIO hosted an educational forum featuring Suzanne Delbanco, Executive Director of Catalyst for Payment Reform and the previous founding CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
Delbanco is recognized nationally for her work with public and private purchasers to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare by identifying and coordinating workable solutions to improve how we pay for healthcare in the U.S.
Hear from a panel of Ohio-based purchasers, both private and public, as they discuss ways to work together to get better value for the health care dollar.