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    Achieving Care Integration for Children with Medical Complexity: The Human-Centered Design Approach to Care Coordination

    Taking a fresh look at the perennial issue of how to provide effective care coordination, a team of researchers has reimagined the process using human-centered design, an approach that focuses on the users’ needs. The goal is to integrate all sectors of care and support – medical, educational, financial and other services – so that care can be delivered effectively and better meet the needs of children, families, providers, and payers.

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    The National Standards for CYSHCN: A Compendium of National Data and Quality Measure Sets

    Quality measurement is a critical component of state health programs, including Medicaid and State Title V CYSHCN programs. This new compendium highlights quality measures aligned with key elements for a system of care for children and youth with special health care needs, as outlined in the National Standards of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. This tool compiles data and quality measures from applicable and widely used measure sets. Identification of data and quality measures can help states evaluate how well their system of care is serving CYSHCN.

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    Recommendations for Value-Based Transition Payment for Pediatric and Adult Health Care Systems

    The critical handoff from pediatric to adult care providers often fails to occur, in part because no payment mechanisms are available to either practice. To address this, the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health convened a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders to develop recommendations for pediatric-to-adult transition value-based payment (VBP) strategies and quality measures. Their findings are outlined in this new report.

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    A State Multi-Sector Framework for Supporting Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

    Although federal programs are a major source of support for children with special health care needs and their families, the state in which a family lives can heavily influence whether the child has access to quality health care and other needed services. State and local statutes and regulations often determine eligibility criteria and requirements for receiving care. A new report from Child Trends, funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, offers a framework for state agencies and other stakeholders to assess and improve how a state provides care across health, education, justice and other systems. 

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    Threading the Labyrinth: Why Children in California with Special Health Care Needs Endure Delays in Securing the Medical Equipment and Supplies They Need

    Families and health care providers frequently report long delays in obtaining essential supplies and equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, ventilators, and hospital beds for children with complex conditions. Based on dozens of interviews, analysis of family surveys, and examination of state and county policies, this report outlines the multiple obstacles that contribute to these sometimes devastating delays, and makes recommendations for change.  

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    Status Complexicus? The Emergence of Pediatric Complex Care

    Increased attention to children with medical complexity has occurred because these children are growing in impact, represent a disproportionate share of health system costs, and require policy and programmatic interventions that differ in many ways from broader groups of children with special health care needs. As an emerging field, pediatric care systems should thoughtfully and rapidly develop evidence-based solutions to improve care.

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    Care Coordination for Children with Medical Complexity: Whose Care Is It, Anyway?

    Dedicated care coordination is increasingly seen as key to addressing the fragmented care that children with medical complexity often encounter. Authors discuss the need for infrastructure building, design and implementation leadership, use of care coordination tools and training modules, and appropriate resource allocation under new payment models.

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    Ethical Framework for Risk Stratification and Mitigation Programs for Children with Medical Complexity

    Designing clinical programs for children with medical complexity often includes the need to implement a system of risk stratification. Authors use the framework of an ethical evaluation of a health care program to examine what the task of risk stratification might entail and provide recommendations to help ensure that programs avoid potentially ethically problematic situations and practices.

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    Supporting Self-Management in Children and Adolescents with Complex Chronic Conditions

    Self-management improves health outcomes in chronic illness not only by improving adherence to the treatment plan but also by building the individual’s capacity to navigate challenges and solve problems. This article discusses the need for clinicians to have standardized approaches and tools to assess and promote self-management for youth and adolescents.

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    Evolving Federal and State Health Care Policy: Toward a More Integrated and Comprehensive Care-Delivery System for Children with Medical Complexity

    Alternative payment models promote novel care-delivery systems and greater accountability for health outcomes With a focus on population health, patient-centered medical homes, and care coordination, this model holds the potential to promote care-delivery systems that address the unique needs of children with medical complexity, including nonmedical needs and the social determinants of health.

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