As president and CEO of the California Children’s Hospital Association, Ann-Louise Kuhns usually has children with special health care needs on her mind, but never more than now when the California Children’s Services program is undergoing a major transformation and funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program remains uncertain.
Sometimes, all a family needs is a phone call on their behalf. Sometimes, an entire health care system needs to change. Amy Breedlove navigates the space between those two extremes as she coordinates care for children who are among the most medically complex in California’s Central Valley.
Creating a system of publicly financed care for children with special health care needs in California is a challenging task. A new issue brief proposes what the key components of such a system should be, and welcomes responses from stakeholders.
Madeline Hall, Manager, Grant Development at Children’s Hospital of Orange County Foundation, knows firsthand how challenging it can be to finance care coordination for children with special health care needs. In this guest post, she shares what she has learned and offers inspiration for those doing similar work.
Nearly 10,000 children are discharged from U.S. hospitals every day, yet no widely used pediatric standards for discharge care exist. How can hospitals make post-hospital care better? A new study in JAMA Pediatrics has some answers.