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.
The perspective and expertise of parents and caregivers are invaluable in efforts to improve the health care system for children with special health care needs. But how can service and policymaking organizations involve family members in Family Advisory Committees and maintain their interest and participation? A veteran parent offers her thoughts and tips.
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.