Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

State Strategies for Shared Plans of Care to Improve Care Coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Care coordination is an essential component of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). When successfully implemented, it can improve care, reduce costs, avoid fragmented and duplicative care, and improve family functioning and satisfaction. As states work to provide quality care coordination, many are adopting shared plans of care (SPoC) to […]

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  • Why Shared Plans of Care Are Critical to Coordinated Care and How States Are Implementing Them
    State Health Policy Blog

    Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) can require significant care coordination across a continuum of health and social services. Improved care coordination for CYSHCN can lead to better outcomes for CYSHCN, as well as cost savings for states. To achieve those goals, state Medicaid agencies and Title V CYSHCN programs are increasingly […]

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  • Toolkit: National Standards for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
    Toolkits

    The National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) define the core components of a comprehensive, coordinated, and family-centered system of care for CYSHCN. Nearly 20 percent of US children under age 18 have special health care needs. This toolkit provides a portal to critical tools, fact sheets, and other resources that states can […]

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  • How State Medicaid and Title V Partnerships Improve Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs in Medicaid Managed Care

    States are increasingly utilizing Medicaid managed care (MMC) to serve children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), who often require a complex array of services. Many states are finding that forging partnerships between their MMC systems and Title V CYSHCN programs improves care coordination, transitions from pediatric to adult care systems, quality of […]

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  • State Strategies to Advance Medical Homes for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

    Medical homes are critical components of comprehensive care systems for children and youth with special health needs (CYSHCN). They can reduce costs and improve outcomes and care experiences for CYSHCN and their families. This new report, State Strategies to Advance Medical Homes for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, examines effective strategies used […]

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  • How States Can Improve Access to Care for Children Under the Medicaid Managed Care Rule
    State Health Policy Blog

    Next month, states face new federal requirements for establishing and maintaining Medicaid managed care provider networks. As they work to comply with these new rules, states have an opportunity to strengthen access to care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Medicaid and requirements, which address how enrollees access care and the […]

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  • Webinars

    1 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, June 6 Join the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health for a lively discussion about the article, Families of Children With Medical Complexity: A View From the Front Lines. The lead author and experts in the field will review the article’s key content and share ways to strengthen family engagement. It […]

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  • How Six States Use Medicaid Managed Care to Serve Children with Special Health Care Needs
    Publications

    Medicaid managed care provides a unique opportunity for states to strengthen the structure and delivery of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), studied how six states (Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia) designed their managed care systems to serve CYSHCN and […]

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  • States Drive Innovations in Quality Measurement and Improvement for Children with Special Health Care Needs
    State Health Policy Blog

    Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) are a diverse population whose health care needs and costs often exceed those of most children. Improving care for this population is critical, yet challenging, due to the complexity of conditions of some children, and the multitude of systems (e.g., health, education, social services) and supports […]

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  • Lessons from Project LAUNCH: Promoting Healthy Child Development through Behavioral Health Integration and Mental Health Consultation Where Children Live, Learn, and Grow
    State Health Policy Blog

    The first few years of life are critical to a child’s development, setting the foundation for success in school and overall health and well-being later in life. Recent research proves that providing early, skilled behavioral and mental health interventions in venues where young children and their families live and play is highly effective at improving […]

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