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HIV/AIDS Medical Case Management Acuity Tool Form and Evaluation Report

Authors: Multiple authors from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston Public Health Commission, and Center for Advancing Health Policy and Practice

Date: 2016

Project: No Project Affiliation

Keywords: HIV/AIDS

In 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) launched a project to develop an acuity tool to assess the severity of needs of clients living with HIV. The CAHPP team worked with MDPH and BPHC staff to create an acuity tool that assesses client needs in 13 areas of functioning and four categories of severity. The CAHPP team conducted a pilot test of the tool with medical case management providers in 38 agencies across MA and NH and evaluated the results. A link to the tool and final evaluation report appears below. The report provided MDPH Office of HIV/AIDS with the credibility and information to talk with providers about necessary modifications and finalize the tool for dissemination in HIV CM programs. The MDPH Office of HIV/AIDS has required the use of the acuity tool in funded case management programs. It has also been used to assess the acuity of patients in other organizations throughout the country.

To request an Excel version of the report and sample of the guidance provided by MDPH on the use of the tool, please fill out our contact form with a subject line “Acuity tool and guidance.”

State Statutes & Regulations on Dietary Treatment of Disorders Identified Through Newborn Screening

Authors: Wilson, K., Charmchi, P., Dworetzky, B.

Date: 2016

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Financing, Maternal and Child Health

With support from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, the Catalyst Center has updated a State Statutes and Regulations on Dietary Treatment of Disorders Identified through Newborn Screening chart that provides information about state-specific legislation that mandates the coverage of medically necessary foods by employer-sponsored health insurance, Medicaid, and coverage and related services funded by other state programs such as WIC, Title V, or relief funds.

Health Care Coverage and Financing for Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Tutorial to Address Inequities

Authors: Wilson, K., Dworetzky, B., Comeau, M.

Date: 2016

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Health Equity, Health Inequities

Certain vulnerable subgroups of children with special health care needs (CSHCN) face underlying structural disadvantage in terms of health care coverage. Differences exist within the population of CSHCN based on race, ethnicity, income, immigration status, language, and level of functional difficulty. This tutorial clarifies the language used to describe these differences and provides tools and examples of policies, programs, and partnerships that users can adopt in their states to improve access to coverage and financing of care for the most vulnerable children. An accompanying interactive worksheet helps users distill the information presented to identify health care coverage and financing inequities that may exist for CSHCN in their state or organization. The completed worksheet provides information that may serve as a starting point for discussions in how to address inequities for CSHCN.
View description of webinar introducing this tutorial.

Alternative Payment Strategies: Must-know Definitions that will Impress Your Colleagues

Authors: Jankovsky, K., Walter, A.W., Yuan, Y., Dworetzky, B.

Date: 2016

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: Financing, Health Reform

Efforts to reduce health care costs and promote quality have led to new ways to pay for health services. This glossary can help Title V staff, family leaders, policymakers, providers, advocates, and others become familiar with alternative payment strategy definitions.