Category: Resource of the Month Archive

  • November 2016: New Measurement and Referral Pages

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    Each month, NASHP’s Healthy Child Development State Resource Center features a resource highlighting the role of screening, referral and care coordination for healthy child development.

    This month’s feature are two newly launched pages of the Resource Center on Measurement and Referral that may help state policymakers, service providers, and researchers promote children’s healthy growth and development. The maps contained in these new pages display state reporting of the CHIPRA Core Set measure for developmental screening and use of standardized referral forms to facilitate communication about children’s receipt of indicated follow up services. The CHIPRA map shows that twenty states report the developmental screening Core Set measure to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The referral form map shows that 14 states have a standardized form to facilitate child access to follow up services. Learn more on the new Measurement and Referral pages.

    If you have a resource you’d like NASHP to post in the Resource Center or feature in the future, please email nmention@nashp.org. The Healthy Child Development State Resource Center is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

  • October 2016: Early Childhood Mental Health Toolkit

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    Each month, NASHP’s Healthy Child Development State Resource Center features a resource highlighting the role of screening, referral and care coordination for healthy child development.

    This month’s feature is the Early Childhood Mental Health Toolkit: Integrating Mental Health Services into the Pediatric Medical Home. This resource was developed through the partnership between the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission and funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

    Ensuring the social and emotional health of our children is inextricable to promoting healthy child development. This toolkit provides information on the financing, systems support, family partnership, and staffing information necessary to integrate early childhood mental health services into the pediatric medical home. This resource may assist with practice-level change as states continue to undergo health care transformation to promote better health and better care with lower costs.

    If you have a resource you’d like NASHP to post in the Resource Center or feature in the future, please email nmention@nashp.org. The Healthy Child Development State Resource Center is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

  • September 2016: The Nuts and Bolts of Medicaid Reimbursement for Developmental Screening

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    Each month, NASHP’s Healthy Child Development State Resource Center features a resource highlighting the role of screening, referral and care coordination for healthy child development.

    This month’s feature is a NASHP brief The Nuts and Bolts of Medicaid Reimbursement for Developmental Screening: Insights from Georgia, Minnesota, and North Carolina

    Periodic developmental screening is a key strategy in promoting children’s healthy growth and development. Early identification of possible developmental delays in children and timely referral and treatment can prevent more severe issues and significant costs. This brief highlights how Medicaid agencies play an important role in monitoring children’s development through developmental screening reimbursement policies. Setting reimbursement rates for screening; recommending or requiring certain screening tools; specifying the administration of developmental screenings; and leveraging Medicaid managed care contracts are a few strategies NASHP uncovered in its research. This new brief examines developmental screening reimbursement policies in Georgia, Minnesota, and North Carolina.

    If you have a resource you’d like NASHP to post in the Resource Center or feature in the future, please email nmention@nashp.org. The Healthy Child Development State Resource Center is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

  • August 2016: Florida Children’s Medical Services website

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    Each month, NASHP’s Healthy Child Development State Resource Center features a resource highlighting the role of screening, referral and care coordination for healthy child development.

    This month’s feature is the Florida Children’s Medical Services website.

    At the end of June, Florida identified its first case of microcephaly in a newborn whose mother contracted the Zika virus. Microcephaly is a condition that affects babies’ development. Florida’s Children’s Medical Services website contains vital information for families with children that have developmental delays. The website features resources from its Early Intervention (EI) system Early Steps such as its statewide information and referral system designed to help families and Family Resource Specialists that serve as peer supports for families with children that are eligible for EI services.

    States can take the opportunity to reiterate the importance of developmental screenings to families and providers even if they have not been impacted by the Zika virus.

    If you have a resource you’d like NASHP to post in the Resource Center or feature in the future, please email nmention@nashp.org. The Healthy Child Development State Resource Center is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

  • July 2016: Oregon’s Health System Transformation

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    Each month, NASHP’s Healthy Child Development State Resource Center features a resource highlighting the role of screening, referral and care coordination for healthy child development.

    This month’s feature is the Oregon’s Health System Transformation: CCO Metrics 2015 Final report that was released in June.

    The Oregon Health Authority publishes quality metrics from Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs)—accountable care entities intended to improve quality of care and lower costs for Medicaid enrollees. The state’s CCOs report on and are incentivized to improve the percent of children screened for risks of developmental, behavioral, and social delays using standardized tools within the first 36 months of life. The 2015 final report indicates a 28% increase in screening since 2014 and shows improvement across races and ethnicities between 2014 and 2015. All CCOs met or exceeded the state’s improvement benchmark.

    If you have a resource you’d like NASHP to post in the Resource Center or feature in the future, please email nmention@nashp.org. The Healthy Child Development State Resource Center is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

  • June 2016: Developmental and Social-emotional Screening of Young Children (0-5 of Age) in Minnesota

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    Each month, NASHP’s new Healthy Child Development State Resource Center will feature a resource highlighting the role of screening, referral and care coordination for healthy child development.

    This month’s feature is the Minnesota Department of Health’s website, Developmental and Social-emotional Screening of Young Children (0-5 of age) in Minnesota.

    The Minnesota Department of Health’s website devotes several pages of information to developmental and social-emotional screening, including recommended instruments, resources to make referrals, and training. The website provides providers who conduct screening with the tools needed ensure children in Minnesota are screened for developmental delays and receive appropriate referrals. Minnesota’s website may help other states in disseminating and organizing valuable screening resources on their sites.

    If you have a resource you’d like NASHP to post in the Resource Center or feature in the future, please email nmention@nashp.org. The Healthy Child Development State Resource Center is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

  • May 2016: State Medicaid and Early Intervention Agency Partnerships to Promote Healthy Child Development

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    Each month, NASHP’s new Healthy Child Development State Resource Center will feature a resource highlighting the role of screening, referral and care coordination for healthy child development.

    This month’s feature is NASHP’s latest brief, State Medicaid and Early Intervention Agency Partnerships to Promote Healthy Child Development.

    This brief, developed in partnership with the Alliance for Early Success, summarizes policy lessons from Connecticut, Illinois, and Oregon on supporting healthy child development through interagency collaboration and coordination. This research provides concrete examples of policies, strategies, and lessons for local and state level collaboration to support healthy child development.

    If you have a resource you’d like NASHP to post in the Resource Center or feature in the future, please email nmention@nashp.org. The Resource Center is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.