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Monitoring the Health Care Safety Net

Slide Presentation by Christine Shannon


On September 25, 2003, Christine Shannon made a presentation in the Web-Assisted Audioconference entitled Using Data to Tell the Safety Net Story.

This is the text version of Ms. Shannon's slide presentation. Select to access the PowerPoint® slides (418 KB).


Using Data to Tell the Safety Net Story

Christine Shannon
Administrator, Planning and Research Services
Office of Health Planning and Medicaid
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

Slide 1

Telling the Safety Net Story

  • Different types of data can be used to tell the safety net story.
  • They can be used alone... or better yet, considered together to answer questions and solve problems.

Slide 2

Important Information For:

  • Planning
  • Policy Decisions
  • Informing Decision Makers

Slide 3

Direct Application of GIS

  • Provider network adequacy (pharmacies, dentists, and physicians) to focus Medicaid recruitment efforts
  • CHC coverage adequacy to determine future expansion sites
  • Portrayal of Medicaid participation allows CHC's to describe need

Slide 4

This slide shows a map of the Medicaid Pharmacy Providers in Coos County, New Hampshire in June 2003 by chain and independent pharmacy. The map shows the location of four Rite Aids, Groveton Pharmacy, The Sullivan Drug Store, and Walmart.

Slide 5

This slide shows Community Health Center Market Areas. It is divided into Capital/Partners, Capital/Health First, Avis/Lamprey, Lamprey/Manchester, Avis/Lamprey. The market areas identified on the map are: Ammonoosuc (Littleton) FQHC, Health First (Franklin) FQHC Look-alike, Partners in Health (Claremont), Capital Region (Concord), Lamprey (Nashua) FQHC, Manchester FQHC, Families First (Portsmouth), Lamprey (Newmarket)(Raymond) FQHC, Avis Goodwin (Dover) FQHC Look-alike, White Mountain Community Health Center (Conway), Coos (Berlin) FQHC.

Slide 6

This slide shows New Hampshire Medicaid Percentage of Population on Medicaid by County 2002. The data is from County Populations from NH OSP 2002 County Estimates, Medicaid Member Counts from ORA Medicaid Members 2003_05.xls, NH DHHS Office of Health Planning and Medicaid, 8/28/03. Coos County=14 percent, Grafton=8 percent, Carroll=10 percent, Sullivan=11 percent, Belknap=9 percent, Merrimack=7 percent, Strafford=8 percent, Cheshire=8 percent, Hillsborough=7 percent, and Rockingham=5 percent.

Slide 7

Direct Application of Emergency Department (ED) Data

  • Examine Medicaid - funded ED visits, then compare Medicaid versus non-Medicaid ED use.
    • What time of day does the greatest ED use occur?
    • Do Medicaid patients use the ED more frequently for common illnesses?
  • Utilize the ED algorithm developed by NYU to further analyze NH Medicaid data.
    • Have other states used the ED algorithm with their Medicaid data?

Slide 8

Putting It All Together...

  • To identify gaps in services and geographic patterns for access to medical care.
    • ED data (Medicaid claims data)
    • GIS mappings
  • Goal: target efforts to enroll Medicaid providers which will aid in network development/maintenance.

Current as of February 2004


Internet Citation:

Using Data to Tell the Safety Net Story. Text Version of a Slide Presentation at a Web-assisted Audioconference. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/ulp/safetynetaud/sess3/shannontxt.htm


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