The Top 10 CHI Publications of 2012

It’s approaching the end of the year, which means that it’s time for year-end wrap-up articles on Analysis with Altitude. This week, we’re profiling CHI’s top 10 blog posts (Tuesday), top 10 presentations (yesterday), and top 10 publications (today). Next week we'll be presenting the top 10 photos of 2012.

CHI wrote many publications in 2012 that provided data, information and analysis for important health policy discussions in Colorado. Here’s a list of 10 that particularly resonated with our stakeholders. For more publications, please visit the Key Issues page on our website.

 1.       The Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act: Implications for Colorado

(June 28, 2012): CHI’s analysis of the decision by the Supreme Court that said the Affordable Care Act was constitutional, but also said that states could decide whether or not to expand Medicaid eligibility. This brief highlighted the five top questions for Colorado leaders in the wake of the ruling.

2.       The 2012 Election: Health Care Implications for Colorado

(November 7, 2012): CHI’s analysis of the national and state elections through the prism of health policy in Colorado.

 3.       Colorado’s Health Care Safety Net: 2012 Primer

(August 20, 2012):  An overview of the groups, clinicians, facilities and programs that constitute the primary source of care for the most vulnerable Coloradans, including the uninsured and the underinsured. CHI provides a link to a downloadable database with a list of safety net clinics and contact information, in addition to a map of Colorado’s clinics.

4.       Health Insurance Status of Colorado Adults: 2012 Update
(June 16, 2012): A look at the one in five Colorado adults between the ages of 19 and 65 who did not have health insurance.

5.       Colorado Children’s Health Insurance Status: 2012 Update

(March 21, 2012): Delving into CHI’s profile of the health status of Colorado’s children, including the estimated 82,000 children who were eligible for enrollment in public health insurance programs but were not enrolled.

6.       A Profile of Colorado’s Rural Physicians 

(May 14, 2012): This chart pack reports on the findings of a survey of Colorado’s rural physicians, with emphasis on why they practice in some of the state’s traditionally underserved areas and what will keep them there in the future.

7.       SNAC Labs 2012-13

Over the course of four quarters in 2012 and 2013, the Colorado Health Institute and its Safety Net Advisory Committee (SNAC) and engaged in a learning laboratory called SNAC Labs 2012-13 that focused on the new Accountable Care Collaborative model in the state’s Medicaid program. CHI provided reports from the meetings.

 8.       New Approaches to Paying for Health Care

(July 25, 2012): CHI and the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) collaborated on a report that examines strategies to reform the health care payment system, shows how the new models are being used in Colorado and discusses their potential impact on improving quality and controlling costs.

9.       Legislation in Review 2012

(June 6, 2012): Health care policy during the 2012 legislature may have lacked the pyrotechnical drama of civil unions and special sessions, but much good and thoughtful work was done. In particular, Colorado lawmakers focused on how to make existing programs work better for clients and taxpayers. This publication updates CHI’s annual analysis of legislative health care policy successes and near-misses.

10.   Colorado’s State Health Agencies: A Primer

(December 5, 2012): The four state agencies that oversee health care programs across Colorado account for a third of Colorado’s general fund, employ about 7,000 state workers and directly impact the health and health care of hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. This brief offers a high level look at each agency, discusses its budget and its role within the state’s health care system and gives a brief analysis of where it’s headed. 

Deb Goeken is a vice president at CHI.