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Co-Sponsored Webinar: Aligning Services with Needs: Complexity Tiering for Children with Chronic and Complex Condition

A recent webinar introducing complexity tiering for children with chronic and complex conditions was sponsored by  the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, and co-hosted by the foundation the Catalyst Center, and Family Voices.

In a moderated conversation, three of the authors of a new report described current tiering practices and uses, and made recommendations for policy and research.

News you can use...
Upcoming Webinar: 
A Conversation on the Emergence of Pediatric Complex Care
Tuesday April 10 at 10-11am PST. 

Increased attention to children with medical complexity has occurred because these children are growing in number, consume a disproportionate share of health-system costs, and require policy and programmatic interventions that differ in many ways from the broader group of children with special health care needs. But will this focus on complex care lead to meaningful changes in systems of care and outcomes for children with serious chronic diseases?
Join t he Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health for a lively discussion on the article, Status Complexicus? The Emergence of Pediatric Complex Care. The lead author and experts in the field will review the article's key content and share thoughts on the implications of its recommendations. We suggest attendees read the article prior to the event. Audience Q&A is highly encouraged. Attendees can listen via web or phone.
In case you missed it...
Kaiser Family Foundation Medicaid/CHIP Issue Briefs

A new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) compares the demographics, health status, access to care, and coverage affordability among three groups of children with special health care needs: those covered by Medicaid/CHIP, those with private insurance, and those who are uninsured. 
A new issue brief from the KFF examines Medicaid's role for CYSHCN and includes 50-state data on CYSHCN covered by Medicaid/CHIP.
March Pediatrics Special Supplement 

A recent supplement to Pediatrics, sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, features eight articles about children with medical complexity from leading health care providers, family representatives, advocates, policymakers, and researchers. It addresses topics that include families' viewpoints, models of care delivery, evolving state and national policies, and more. This supplement builds upon the work from the 2015 national symposium, Designing Systems That Work for Children with Complex Health Care Needs also sponsored by Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

A few financing-focused articles to highlight

Protecting Rights of Children With Medical Complexity in an Era of Spending Reduction examines protecting the rights of children with medical complexity in an era of spending reduction, with implications for policy, advocacy, and payment model design.

Evolving Federal and State Health Care Policy: Toward a More Integrated and Comprehensive Care-Delivery System for Children With Medical Complexity discusses federal and state healthcare policy options, within a more integrated and comprehensive care-delivery system, for children with medical complexity.

Ethical Framework for Risk Stratification and Mitigation Programs for Children With Medical Complexity explores risk stratification through an ethical framework, identifying issues that require attention for children with medical complexity & offers recommendations to avoid ethically problematic practices.
About the Catalyst Center
The Catalyst Center, the National Center for Health Insurance Coverage and Financing of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, is supported by HRSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U41MC13618, Health Insurance and Financing/CSHCN ($473,000 annually). This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. LCDR Leticia Manning, MPH, MCHB/HRSA Project Officer.