Calling your attention to the following story, which moved in advance Monday and is the latest offering in the AP's ongoing series about implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
RUN DATE: The story will move live for all formats on Wednesday, meaning it will be available for use in Thursday newspapers. An Oklahoma sidebar will also be available.
An accompanying chart provides state-by-state information about health care spending and provides members a starting point for localizations.
For members considering their own sidebars or localized versions, here are some suggested angles to pursue: Why is the cost trend as it is within your state? Are there are any regions where costs are rising more rapidly than others? If so, why? Are any local hospitals, insurers or medical groups experimenting with ways to reduce costs? If so, what are they and how have they worked so far?
HEALTH OVERHAUL-CONTAINING COSTS
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon health officials are concentrating on coordinating services and preventing hospital stays. New Jersey medical centers are rewarding doctors who can save money without jeopardizing patient care. And Massachusetts is expanding the role of physician assistants and nurse practitioners. As states work on implementing the complex federal health care reforms, some have begun tackling an issue that has vexed employers, individuals and governments at all levels for years — the rapidly rising costs of health care. The success of models that are beginning to emerge across the country ultimately will determine whether President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act can make good on its name. It's too early to tell what will work and what won't, but states, insurers and medical groups are experimenting with a variety of programs to contain costs without undermining care. These test runs come as millions of new patients will gain eligibility for health insurance under the federal law, putting additional pressure on the system. By Jonathan Cooper.
— BC-US--Health Overhaul-Containing Costs-Glance, listing per capita health care expenditures and average annual percentage growth in health care costs, by state.
OKLAHOMA CITY — An exploration of programs initiated by the Oklahoma Health Department to slow the rapidly rising costs of health care as the new federal health care law begins to kick in as millions of new patients gain eligibility for health insurance, putting additional pressure on the health care system. By Tim Talley.
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