Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

ACHI Features

  • A Brief Overview of ACHI The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) was established in 1998, creating a much needed clearinghouse for the intersection between healthcare research and policy. As the state’s primary health policy center, ACHI has become a trusted advisor and catalyst for change.
  • Pharmacy Plan Management Fact Sheet This is the fourth installment of the Pharmacy Cost Trends and System Impacts fact sheet series. Pharmacy plan management has the potential to improve health outcomes while limiting cost increases for health plans and consumers. This fact sheet includes information about pharmacy plan management strategies and potential policy issues associated with these strategies. Previous fact sheets in this series have explored pharmaceutical cost trends, the role of drug supply and pharmacy payments, and specialty drugs.
  • ACA AHCA Premium Tax Credit Comparison Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium tax credits to purchase healthcare coverage are based on income, but under the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) premium tax credits are based on age. How will that change insurance affordability in the individual market in Arkansas?
  • CPC+ Fact Sheet Arkansas is one of 14 states/regions selected through a competitive process to participate in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), a five-year, multi-payer initiative that incentivizes higher quality care and supports care management. This initiative was launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is supported by Arkansas’s largest public and private payers.
  • Sugary Drink Link: Diabetes and Obesity (Spanish) Did you know that sugar-sweetened beverages are the single largest source of added sugars in the American diet? Rethink your drinks this holiday season to avoid pouring on the pounds. Learn more from our new infographic.
  • Warranty of Habitability Poor housing conditions cause health and social problems. Many states require landlords to maintain a safe, habitable rental property. While some urban areas in Arkansas offer tenant protection through housing codes, there is no statewide requirement for landlords to maintain safe, habitable properties, which can lead to housing deficiencies and ultimately health problems.
  • Health Policy Board Position Statements The Health Policy Board guides and sets policy recommendations to benefit the citizens of the state, thus allowing ACHI to serve as an independent voice articulating the needs of Arkansans.
  • Medicaid Financing Alternatives Block granting Medicaid has become a consistent part of federal and state discussions for reforming program financing. Our new fact sheet looks at traditional Medicaid financing, alternative approaches such as block grants, and how these approaches may affect state budgetary commitments to the program.
  • SNAP Fact Sheet This fact sheet provides an overview of the development of SNAP, eligibility requirements, participation, benefits, and evidence regarding use of purchasing incentives and disincentives.
  • Specialty Drugs Fact Sheet Specialty drugs offer life-saving treatments for individuals with certain conditions, but their increasing costs represent one of the fastest-growing areas of healthcare spending. Our fact sheet discusses the factors behind specialty drug cost increases, price reduction strategies, and consumer protections
  • Food Desert Fact Sheet Arkansas has many food deserts, which are areas with limited access to affordable healthy food. Our fact sheet offers an overview of food deserts in our state and ways that access to healthy food may be enhanced.
  • Data Watch: Highlight of Coverage Statistics Approximately 400,000 Arkansans have gained coverage since 2014, while 78,000 opted for penalty in 2014.
  • Why Immunizations Matter This fact sheet provides information on paths to immunity, immunization recommendations, and immunization.
  • Sugary Drink Link: Diabetes and Obesity Did you know that sugar-sweetened beverages are the single largest source of added sugars in the American diet? Rethink your drinks this holiday season to avoid pouring on the pounds. Learn more from our new infographic.
  • Joseph H. Bates, MD, MS: Dr. Tom Bruce Arkansas Health Impact Award Joseph H. Bates, MD, MS: Dr. Tom Bruce Arkansas Health Impact Award Dr. Joseph H. Bates is a champion of public health whose work has reached many people, including tuberculosis patients who could return to their families much sooner thanks to his research. He received the inaugural Dr. Tom Bruce Arkansas Health Impact Award this week. Thank you Dr. Bates for your lifetime commitment to improving the health of all Arkansans.
  • Tobacco Cessation Fact Sheet Although smoking is on the decline, Arkansas’s rate of tobacco use is still higher than the national rate. Tobacco cessation programs including the Arkansas Tobacco Quitline can help users quit and cut down on direct healthcare costs.
  • ACO Fact Sheet Healthcare organizational and governance structures continue to evolve as payers continue to transition from fee-for-service to value-based payment. Our new fact sheet explores accountable care organizations, highlighting Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations which serve Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • Pharmacy Cost Trends and System Impacts: Drug Supply and Payments Fact Sheet The path of prescription drugs to consumers is determined by a series of complex relationships between drug manufacturers, wholesale distributors, and pharmacies. This second installment of the Pharmacy Cost Trends and System Impacts fact sheet series explores the drug supply chain, price measures in the industry, and price negotiation approaches.
  • Medical Marijuana in Arkansas Nearly half of the states have legalized medical marijuana in some form, signifying a shift in the public perception and regulation of marijuana use. Legalization of medical marijuana by states has occurred despite the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) classification of marijuana as having no medical value. There are two citizen-driven medical marijuana initiatives in Arkansas in 2016 that have been approved by the Arkansas Secretary of State as having enough valid signatures to be on the ballot in November. This fact sheet provides a description of the initiatives and provides information about medical marijuana laws in other states and scientific study of medical uses of marijuana.
  • Dental Coverage Infographic Need to go to the dentist but don’t have insurance? Check out the importance of dental care and options to receive care in ACHI’s new infographic.
  • Pharmacy Cost Trends Fact Sheet As recent trends have shown, pharmaceutical costs remain a major contributor to overall healthcare spending. Our new fact sheet explores various factors influencing high drug costs, the impact of rising costs on state healthcare programs, and other policy considerations
  • Opioid Use Infographic We have transformed our fact sheet on opioids into an infographic with information about use and policies to prevent misuse and abuse.

ACHI Contact Information

1401 W Capitol Avenue
Suite 300, Victory Building
Little Rock, AR 72201

Telephone: (501) 526-2244
Fax: (501) 526-2252

ACHI was envisioned as an organization dedicated to change—change that leads to improved health for all Arkansans. While we have made positive strides in changing Arkansas’s health environment, our work is far from finished.

ACHI’s activities are centered in three Areas of Focus that influence the health of Arkansans—population health policy, access to quality care, and health care system transformation—with supporting infrastructure of health data and research.

Through development of policy positions and statements, the ACHI Health Policy Board helps establish strategic priorities that provide guidance for our work. More information on the Health Policy Board and their policy positions and statements is available here.

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