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AMCHP Conference Workshop: Addressing Health Care Coverage Inequities Among Children with Special Health Care Needs

Authors: Bachman, S., Manning, L., Wilson, K., Kantner, J., Comeau, M.

Date: 2018

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Financial Hardship, Health Equity

On February 13th at the 2018 Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) conference the Catalyst Center presented the results of four focus groups that were conducted with parents of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) who are from the Somali community in Boston, focusing on accessing health care for their CYSHCN.

In the context of the focus group results, we also provided results of interviews conducted with representatives of state Offices of Minority Health. We presented information on innovative strategies states are using to mitigate inequities and discussed how these strategies could address the barriers the families identified. The session was recorded, and the video will also be available here in the coming months.

Access to Care among Children with Disabilities in the MassHealth CommonHealth Buy-In Program

Authors: Hirschi, M., Walter, A.W., Wilson, K., Jankovsky, K. , Dworetzky, B., Comeau, M., Bachman, S.

Date: 2018

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Health Benefits, Maternal and Child Health, Medicaid Buy-In Programs, Medicaid/CHIP

This article, published in the Journal of Child Health Care, describes the process and results of a survey of parents and caregivers whose children with disabilities were enrolled in CommonHealth, the state’s Medicaid Buy-in program. Results suggest that the MassHealth CommonHealth program improves access to care for children with disabilities overall; however, the article identifies barriers to address in five domains to improve accessibility.

Webinar: The Role of Title V Programs and Value-Based Purchasing for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs

Authors: Comeau, M., Collins, S., Martin, A., Munthali, J., Terranova, L.

Date: 2017

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Financing

On December 6, 2017, the Catalyst Center and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) co-hosted a webinar on state-based innovations that support value-based purchasing (VBP) for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Presentations from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), and the state Title V programs in Oregon and Colorado helped to define the role of Title V programs in relation to value-based purchasing arrangements, discussed specific program examples and shared lessons learned. A YouTube video of the webinar, as well as the slides, are available below.

For further learning about VBP we have links to related reading material from the Catalyst Center: 

Webinar: Innovative Health Care Financing Strategies for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: a supplement to the May 2017 issue of Pediatrics

Authors: Anderson, B., Bachman, S., Comeau, M., Long, T., Terranova, L.

Date: 2017

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Financing

The Catalyst Center and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) produced a special supplement to Pediatrics on value-based purchasing (VBP) and value-based insurance design (VBID) and their potential implications for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Read the supplement, available to all free of charge.

In this June 13, 2017 webinar, Catalyst Center staff along with colleagues from the AAP presented an overview of VBP/VBID and their potential implications for CYSHCN, the perspective of families of CYSHCN on value and quality, key highlights from each of the Pediatrics supplement papers, and recommended resources.

Webinar: Community Health Workers (CHWs) in HIV Services: Insights from Virginia

Authors: Baughman, A., Recupero, L., Carr, S.

Date: 2017

Project: Improving Access to HIV Care Using CHWs

Keywords: HIV/AIDS

Community Health Workers have the potential to improve outcomes on the HIV care continuum, but what does that look like in a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) funded agency? What is their scope of work and how can they be funded? During this interactive webinar course, the second in a series and presented on Nov. 16, 2017, Leonard Recupero and Susan Carr from the Virginia Department of Health, HIV Services Unit, shared their experiences integrating CHWs into these RWHAP services; working with CHWs to enhance HIV prevention and care services; and improve outcomes along the HIV care continuum. The webinar discussed funding, program planning, and the scope of work for CHWs in HIV care.
View the video and webinar slides below.