The reform of the United States health care and insurance system has been a central focus of health care policy for many years. Many changes were brought about by the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act. NACCHO has provided information here to help local health department leaders and staff better understand exactly how the changes in the public health and healthcare environment will impact them and their work. The goal is to provide a one-stop approach to education, information, peer support and general resources that will assist local health departments to navigate the challenging waters of health care reform.
In the Spotlight
The Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF)
The Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) is a dedicated federal investment in programs that prevent chronic and infectious disease at the community level. The PPHF currently provides nearly $1 billion annually to support services and programs that improve health in communities, schools, workplaces and homes by fostering healthier lifestyles and eliminating obstacles to healthy life choices.
NACCHO's Billing for Clinical Services Toolkit
NACCHO was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a toolkit with resources, templates, and tools for local health departments to use and develop capacity to bill third party payers for immunization, STD, TB and HIV services. More than 200 resources have currently been collected from state billing guides, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state health departments, local health departments, insurance companies, and vendors of products such as electronic medical records and billing clearinghouses.
State Innovation Models and Local Health Departments
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) created the State Innovation Models (SIM) initiative for states that are prepared for or committed evaluating new payment and service delivery models.
NACCHO is working with CDC, CMS, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to support state-level stakeholder engagement and outreach across all SIM states; increase the knowledge and participation of local health departments in SIM state and non-SIM state efforts for payment reform; and increase knowledge and awareness of local health department leadership on how SIM activities can involve local health departments.
Health Care Reform Webinars
NACCHO's Becoming an In-Network Provider: The Health Department Perspective