Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

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Projects - Current

Arkansas Health Care Independence Act ("Private Option") Commonly called the “private option,” the Arkansas 89th General Assembly passed the Health Care Independence Act of 2013 authorizing the use of the federal funding to extend Medicaid benefits to Arkansans who qualify under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act..
Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative (AHCPII) The Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative (AHCPII) is designed to transition Arkansas to a “patient-centered” health care system that embraces the triple aim of (1) improving the health of the population; (2) enhancing the patient experience of care, including quality, access, and reliability; and (3) reducing, or at least controlling, the cost of health care.
Arkansas Health System Improvement Directed by Governor MIke Beebe and led by ACHI Director and Arkansas Surgeon General, Dr. Joe Thompson, the Arkansas Health System Improvement Initiative is a collaborative project with four primary focus areas that has led to the development of innovative solutions for improving health and health care in our state.
Arkansas Works Arkansas Works continues the state’s innovative approach to Medicaid expansion through individual plan premium assistance, but adopts new features aimed at strengthening employer-sponsored coverage opportunities and promoting wellness and personal responsibility.
Health Care Independence Program 1115 Waiver Evaluation 2015
Health Care Independence Program: Interim Evaluation Report June 2016 As a part of the terms and conditions of the Section 1115 demonstration waiver implementing the Health Care Independence Program (HCIP), Arkansas was required to design and implement an evaluation of the program’s premium assistance approach for individuals enrolled in private plans through the program.

Projects - Past

Expanding Health Care Coverage in Arkansas: An Overview The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law on March 23, 2010 has far-reaching effects for health care consumers, providers, and the insurance industry.
Governor’s Roundtable on Health Care The Governor's Roundtable on Health Care brought together a diverse group of business and community leaders to discuss strategies for improving Arkansas's struggling health care system.
Health Insurance Marketplace Formerly called the “health benefits exchange,” the Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) is a virtual insurance megamall serving as an avenue for individuals, families, and small employers (with 50 or fewer employees) to shop for, select, and enroll in qualified private health plans that meet their specific needs.
Navigating the Landscape of Health Care Map (2005–2015) ACHI created Navigating the Health Care Landscape as a conceptual map covering the time frame 2005–2015 to engage diverse stakeholders in discussions about what changes are necessary to create a positive transformation in our health care system.
State Coverage Institute—Governor’s Implementation Group A team of key government executives and legislative leaders was selected to form what later became known as the Governor's Implementation Group with a goal of providing support for undertaking health care reform initiatives.
Webinar-Arkansas Health Care Needs Questionnaire: Primer on Implementation This webinar was conducted March 19, 2014 by ACHI with the AR Medicaid Office and Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), discussing the design, use and results of a questionnaire used to determine those enrollees in the Arkansas Health Care Independence Program (Private Option) with exceptional health needs that will be better served by traditional Medicaid.

Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
1401 West Capitol
Suite 300 (Victory Building)
Little Rock, AR 72201