Tune in on June 2 for a webinar focused on the strengths and limitations of California’s current health care system for children and families. Experts will discuss a recent report from the California Budget & Policy Center and review the report’s recommendations for how public policy can bolster support for healthy kids.
An examination of the 10-year trend in providing adequate private or public health insurance for children with special health care needs has found an overall decrease in the number of children without insurance, but persistence of inequities in public coverage for CSHCN based on a variety of factors.
As children with chronic medical problems approach adulthood, pediatricians expect their maturing patients to transition to adult health care. However, that process does not always go smoothly. In a new article, Edward L. Schor, MD, proposes a novel form of collaboration between physicians, based on the patient’s condition rather than age.
Increasing numbers of children with complex medical conditions are living at home. An upcoming article in the May 2015 edition of Pediatrics provides insight into how pediatric practices can offer “self-management” supports to increase families’ skills and confidence in coping with chronic conditions on a daily basis.
In an ideal world, children with complex conditions would be served by a single, integrated health and developmental service system. In the absence of such a system, Edward L. Schor, MD, proposes creation of state-authorized Assessment Centers to assess children’s needs, create a care plan, make referrals and provide follow-up reviews.