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.
Care coordination is critical for linking children with special health care need and their families to needed medical, developmental, behavioral, educational, and social services, and for providing logistical assistance and emotional support. This report outlines the key components of an effective, sustainable care coordination system, examines approaches to care coordination in six states other than California, and offers considerations for options in California's unique environment.
Keeping families at the center of children’s health care is always the priority of Family Voices, says Lynda Honberg, mother of a young adult with special health care needs and director of strategic partnerships for the national advocacy group.
At Caring Corner, a pediatric day health center in Bakersfield, nursing director Meg Molloy oversees care for dozens of medically fragile children – “but we don’t treat them like they’re sick,” she says.
More than 50 stakeholders – including families, health care providers, state officials, advocates and insurers – offered their thoughts on potential changes to the California Children’s Services (CCS) program when its “carve-out” from Medi-Cal managed care ends in December 2015.