Prior to B&A’s formation, Peter Burns conducted a study of indigent health care costs in the state and the existing DSH allocation formula. Recommendations contained in the report included a restructuring of the DSH allocation formula for the hospitals in the state. The project included drafting legislation, subsequently adopted by the Legislature, to implement the recommendations.
Peter Burns led the B&A technical assistance team in support of Nevada’s statewide strategic health plan which was produced by the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau’s Subcommittee on Health Care. This involved writing seven issue papers on facets of the plan, such as Medicaid coverage, private insurance coverage to small businesses, safety net provider coverage, prevention and wellness, behavioral health, medical education and workforce development, and strategic planning. A summit was convened of more than 100 stakeholders in the state to review and adopt the recommendations presented in the issue papers. B&A also provided technical assistance in quantifying specific strategies that were approved, including the number of uninsured for an ESI program, forecasting budget allotments for Medicaid, LTC and mental health initiatives, and researching costs for prevention and wellness initiatives. The report is in our Publications section.