Children with health complexity face unique medical and social factors that impact their health and engagement of health care services. Health systems play an important role in addressing both factors to build health and resilience.
A wide range of issues must be addressed to improve the system of care for children with special health care needs. In a recent webinar, staff members of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health presented an overview of topics that are a priority and related work that currently is under way to improve the system.
Join us for a webinar that will feature a forthcoming issue brief that highlights how health systems can address health and resilience for children with health complexity through system and practice-level data.
Health care providers, payers, and systems serving children, youth and families increasingly focus on family engagement as a strategy to improve health care delivery, enhance consumer and provider satisfaction, and reduce costs. Assessing how well an organization or agency is engaging families is a critical step in achieving these goals. Learn about a framework for assessing family engagement in systems change, models of success, and discover common barriers to incorporating meaningful family engagement in systems-level initiatives.
Proposed changes in health care payment, from fee-for-service to alternative, risk-sharing payment models, can have a substantial impact on health services for children, especially those with complex care needs. In addition, tying payment to value can increase use of ambulatory and preventive services and encourage creative outreach. However, abrupt changes can interrupt continuity and reduce access to care.
What ethical considerations should guide the design and evaluation of systems of care for children with medical complexity? There are inevitable tradeoffs that any complex health care system must confront when attempting to achieve multiple worthy goals, from benefitting individual patients and families and securing fair distribution of benefits across populations, to operating in a manner that is transparent and free from conflicts of interest.