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Medicaid Works: A Review of How Public Insurance Protects the Health and Finances of Children and Other Vulnerable Populations

June 21, 2011

Examines the extent to which Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs have secured and protected children's and adults' coverage, health, and family finances, while improving access to care and medications. Considers the impact of budget cuts.

Following the Leader: Urgent Matters Learning Network II

February 22, 2011

Shares lessons learned from an initiative to test and evaluate strategies to improve patient flow and reduce emergency department crowding within a learning network, help develop a standard performance measurement, and disseminate promising practices.

Health Care Fraud

October 27, 2009

Provides an overview of trends in fraud and abuse involving private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare; types of schemes; risk factors; and consequences. Examines federal and state laws aimed at healthcare fraud, reported cases, and enforcement efforts.

Talking With Patients: How Hospitals Use Bilingual Clinicians and Staff to Care for Patients With Language Needs

September 3, 2009

Presents survey findings on bilingual clinicians, staff, interpreters, and volunteers providing language services; training and assessment; hospital policies; and their impact. Recommends explicit policies, robust assessments, and proactive approaches.

Partnering With Parents and Families to Support Immigrant and Refugee Children at School

June 13, 2009

Describes the mental health needs of immigrant and refugee children and RWJF's Caring Across Communities initiative to support partnerships between schools and families, community organizations, and agencies to address them. Includes program profiles.

Stronger Partnerships for Safer Food: An Agenda for Strengthening State and Local Roles in the Nation's Food Safety System

April 17, 2009

Examines federal, state, and local agencies' responsibilities, strengths, and weaknesses in ensuring food safety. Recommends systemwide reforms to enhance state and local roles and improve surveillance, outbreak response, and regulation and inspection.

Screening and Assessing Immigrant and Refugee Youth in School-Based Mental Health Programs

May 30, 2008

Reviews the mental health needs of immigrant and refugee children, considerations for screening and assessment, and tools and measures adapted for refugees and immigrants; and discusses best practices in providing school-based mental health services.