States Work to Improve Care for Children with Special Health Needs with Quality Measurement

Improving the quality of care that children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) receive is a growing priority for state Medicaid programs. However, many quality improvement efforts are in their infancy as states work to overcome the challenges of measuring and assessing care quality for this vulnerable population. NASHP, with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, convened a national work group recently to identify gaps and opportunities in measuring care and designing quality improvement initiatives. This issue brief and case studies from Michigan, New York, and Texas, examine strategies that states can use to advance quality measurement and improvement for CYSHCN.