Catalyst Center Monthly Update
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National Advisory Committee Convening

On June 27, the Catalyst Center convened our yearly National Advisory Committee, with representation from medical providers, public health officials, Title V, family leaders, and Medicaid. We reviewed our accomplishments from the past grant year, our goals for the coming year, and received feedback on areas to strengthen in the coming grant year.

Two big foci of the upcoming grant year will be care coordination and medical necessity.
The National Network for Advancing Systems of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

The three technical assistance centers, including the Catalyst Center, that compose the National Network completed a Year One needs assessment with Title V program staff on the current challenges and areas of opportunity in the system of care for CYSHCN. The Network will publish an infographic shortly recapping our methods and findings.
A Resource Worth Repeating: The Infographic Series

Increasing healthcare financing literacy is important to the Catalyst Center, so we created an infographic series exploring key focus areas in the world of health care financing and coverage for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Infographic topics include: Medicaid, pathways to Medicaid coverage, EPSDT, inequities in coverage and financing, family financial hardship, the importance of partnerships, family engagement, value-based purchasing, and care coordination.

If you haven't explored the infographic series yet, we encourage you to take a look, and share it with others!
News you can use...
2019 Public Health Law Summit: Data Sharing to Improve Community Health

We often hear about the need for access to data related to CYSHCN from multiple sectors. Data is important to understand and strengthen systems of care, and the Public Health Law Summit has a specific behavioral and mental health, primary health care focus area.

This summit, to be held October 3-4, will focus on strategies to collect, use, share and protect multi-sector data to improve the health of communities. The summit will examine current data sharing initiatives and provide practical, in-depth information and tools to navigate a complex landscape.  
Home Health Care For Children With Medical Complexity: Workforce Gaps, Policy, and Future Directions

An analysis published in Health Affairs and funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health brings attention to pediatric home health care. The article proposes solutions to address current concerns, including payment reform, improved coordination of services and pediatric home health training, telehealth-enabled opportunities, and better alignment of pediatric care with the needs of adult-focused long-term services and supports .
In case you missed it...
KFF Brief: Medicaid’s Role for Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Look at Eligibility, Services, and Spending

This issue brief describes the role that Medicaid plays for children with special health care needs and includes 50-state data on those covered by Medicaid/CHIP. 
KFF Brief: How Do Medicaid/CHIP Children with Special Health Care Needs Differ from Those with Private Insurance?

This issue brief compares key characteristics of Medicaid/CHIP-only children with special health care needs to those with both public and private insurance, private insurance only, and those who are uninsured. 

This project (U1TMC31757) is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $500,000, with no financing by nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government; HRSA Project Officer Sarah Beth McLellan. 
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