This issue brief provides an overview of the telehealth response to COVID-19, outlines temporary state policy flexibilities that improved access to pediatric telehealth services, and highlights opportunities for permanent state policy expansions to maintain access to pediatric telehealth services within Medicaid after the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.
This issue brief reviews the importance of continuity of coverage for all children as the COVID-19 public health emergency comes to an end, and highlights state opportunities to improve eligibility and enrollment policies and procedures.
The unwinding of the COVID-19 public health emergency will require states to redetermine eligibility for millions of children and families. Partnering with community-based organizations, family-led organizations, and individuals with lived experience to engage their communities can help support efforts to ensure continuity of coverage. This issue brief provides recommendations for states work with these organizations to mitigate coverage loss.
Many states cover mental health home and community‐based services (HCBS) for youth through Medicaid waivers. Authors of the article evaluated how states are covering mental health services using Medicaid waivers and compared this to waivers being used to cover services for other pediatric conditions. The findings indicate broad variability in waiver eligibility, transition plans, services covered, and waitlists across populations of youth covered by waivers.
Clear communication between families and health care providers is essential to the delivery of high-quality care for children with medical complexity. Marsha Perez, parent mentor for Spanish-speaking families at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, shares tips for health care professionals on how best to communicate with Spanish-speaking families.
This article describes how the National Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN served as a framework for the redesign of two state Medicaid managed care programs: a statewide managed care plan for children with medical complexity in Florida and a regional accountable care program serving children in Colorado.
In this webinar, authors discuss their article, titled Moving from Spending to Investment: A Research Agenda for Improving Health Care Financing for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs. Speakers describe their study's findings, and present potential research topics to address the gaps in investing in children’s health.
There are a variety of approaches that states can use to finance care coordination services for CYSHCN through Medicaid. Financing of care coordination is critical to the quality and sustainability of these services. This brief highlights key components and themes across five states’ approaches to financing care coordination.
This brief describes key considerations and challenges in care coordination quality measurement and identifies sample metrics that could be leveraged to evaluate the quality of care coordination systems.