The high health care utilization by children with medical complexity accounts for a significant percentage of pediatric health care spending. Children with medical complexity rely on costly services and supports from a variety of providers, and their care needs are long term. Yet these children experience comparatively low-quality health outcomes. Their families are often left to fill in the gaps of a fragmented system of care, resulting in financial hardship and medical debt, reduced employment among caregiving parents, and increased stress on the entire family.
We are excited to announce that Meg Comeau, M.H.A. and Sara (Sally) Bachman, M.S., Ph.D., who lead the Catalyst Center, will serve as principal investigator and co-principal investigator respectively in a new four-year project funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Advance Care of Children with Medical Complexity (CMC) aims to improve the quality of life for children with multiple chronic and severe conditions, improve the well-being of their families, and increase the cost-effectiveness of their care.
To learn more, view the press release Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health to Spearhead Nationwide Multidisciplinary Initiative to Advance Care for Children with Medical Complexity on the Boston University School of Social Work website.