Letters of Inquiry for Grants; Transition Checklist and Billing Tips; COVID-19 Updates

Network Newsletter sent on April 30, 2020

News, policy updates, resources, events, and advocacy opportunities

Network News

Foundation Accepting Grant Inquiries

Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for the Foundation’s next grant cycle will be accepted until June 11. We fund programs and projects that contribute to improving systems of care for children with special health care needs and their families. We strongly recommend that potential applicants carefully review our program goals, priorities, and restrictions before submitting an LOI. Read about the application process.

Serving CSHCN in Medicaid Managed Care: Targeted Contract Language

States increasingly are enrolling children with special health care needs in Medicaid managed care plans. A new tool from the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) provides examples of how five states have incorporated aspects of the National Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN into their Medicaid managed care contracts to better meet the needs of these children. The provisions align with domains from the Standards, including identification/assessment, access to care, medical home/care coordination, and quality. This work was supported by our Foundation. Read more.

Transition to Adult Care

A Transition Guide for Youth; Billing Tips for Providers

COVID-19 News

Telehealth and COVID-19

Home Health Care and COVID-19

Home- and community-based services are even more essential during the pandemic. Several articles highlight the physical and financial concerns and potential solutions.

Family Engagement

Virtual Series on Leadership in Family and Professional Partnerships Continues

The Leadership in Family and Professional Partnerships convening from Family Voices brings together family leaders, Title V professionals, and other stakeholders to discuss successful strategies and best practices on how to improve engagement of families, particularly those from medically underserved populations. Five remaining online Zoom sessions are scheduled through May 19, and recordings of past sessions are available. Read more and register.

In Brief

California Children’s Services

Guidelines Issued for CCS Services During Pandemic

The Department of Health Care Services has issued guidance on the California Children's Services Program During COVID-19 (PDF). These guidelines provide temporary direction to County California Children’s Services (CCS) and Special Care Centers (SCC), and cover key issues including telehealth, durable medical equipment, prior authorization, and much more.

In Brief

California Policy

National Policy

How States May Use Medicaid Waivers to Support Children, CSHCN During Pandemic

More than a dozen states have submitted 1115 waiver applications that have the potential to safeguard access to care and increase support for children during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new blog from the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP). The blog notes a selection of key strategies for serving children that other states may want to consider through their Medicaid programs. Topics include payments to foster caregivers, reimbursement of family caregivers, and telephonic and virtual care coordination services, all of which are significant for children with special health care needs. Read the blog.


Trudging through COVID-19: Coping with Provider Grief and Moral Distress

Wednesday, May 6
1 to 2 p.m. Pacific Time
Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services, Pennsylvania's Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, Stanford Medical School, and the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care
Details: This webinar will provide an opportunity to address the vastness of the COVID-19 crisis, and the grief, loss, and stress that providers are experiencing. It also will serve as a network for social support during this unprecedented time. Register.

In-Home Supportive Services, Medi-Cal, Social Security COVID-19 Updates

Wednesday, May 6
6 to 7 p.m. Pacific Time
Disability Rights California, California State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Details: Details are provided in English and Español.


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