Psychosocial Factors in Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs and Their Families

Pediatricians need to be aware of the potential impact of psychosocial factors on the health and well-being of CSHCN and their families, according to a clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics recently published in Pediatrics. The report provides guidance for pediatric providers to facilitate and coordinate care and urges pediatric practices to collaborate with behavioral health providers, schools, social services, and other community agencies that are part of their patient’s life.
Dennis Kuo is a member of the CMC CoIIN National Advisory Committee

Blueprint for Complex Care: Article and Webinar

The Blueprint for Complex Care, a joint project of the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, the Center for Health Care Strategies, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, provides a strategic plan to support these multidisciplinary innovations and accelerate opportunities to improve care for individuals with complex health and social needs. In developing the Blueprint for Complex Care, the authors listened to experts and frontline stakeholders — including consumers, providers, administrators, executives, and more — to outline the goals, needs, and priorities of the complex care movement. The resulting report assesses the current state of the field and outlines actionable recommendations to help the field reach its full potential for improving care delivery for the nation’s most vulnerable patients. Read Report.

The recently released Blueprint for Complex Care provides a strategic plan to unite the broad set of individuals and organizations experimenting with innovative care models and outlines opportunities to further advance the field. During this webinar, Blueprint authors from the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, the Center for Health Care Strategies, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement will outline the goals of the Blueprint, discuss how it was developed, describe recommendations for building the complex care field, and share opportunities to get involved. Register for Webinar.

Health Policy News Briefing: Cost & Quality

Cost and Quality:
A new study suggests that a structured communication intervention involving families, physicians, and nurses on pediatric units can reduce the rate of harmful medical errors and improve family experience and communication processes. Researchers studied the intervention across seven North American hospitals and found that it was associated with a 38% reduction in harmful errors (preventable medical errors), increased family and nurse engagement, and did not change the duration of rounds or trainee teaching significantly.

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau needs your innovative idea for a health issue affecting moms & kids!

MCHB Grand Challenges will award up to $1.5 million in prize awards across four competitions: 

Using Technology to Prevent Childhood Obesity Challenge, launching July 23, 2018: supports the creation of tech innovations to promote healthy weight for children and families within the context of their communities.
Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Challenge, launching August 2018: supports the creation of tech innovations to help families, providers, and case managers with care planning and coordination for CSHCN.
Remote Pregnancy Monitoring Challenge, launching September 2018: supports the creation of tech innovations to help prenatal care providers remotely monitor the health and well-being of pregnant women, as well as place health data into the hands of pregnant women as a tool to monitor their own health and make informed decisions about care.
Preventing Opioid Misuse in Pregnant Women & New Moms Challenge, launching September 2018: improves access to quality health care, including substance use disorder treatment, recovery and support services for pregnant women with opioid use disorders, their infants, and families, especially those in rural and geographically isolated areas.

Each Challenge has three phases with winners who advance to the next phase. Specific submission dates will be posted on the website.


 The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is part of the Health Resources and Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Our Challenges are designed to inspire innovation, promote partnerships, and help families and care providers address some of today’s most important health issues. Learn more on the Challenges website, sign up for updates, or contact [email protected].

Measure What Matters: Advancing Multidisciplinary Care Coordination in Primary and Subspecialty Care Settings
 Webinar Recording, Faculty Presentations, and Answers to Audience Questions Now Available

Presented by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) and the National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance, this 2-part recorded webinar series showcases real-world experiences from diverse health care providers with the common goal of capturing the value of care coordination using the Care Coordination Measurement Tool (CCMT)*. Webinar faculty describe their objectives for measuring care coordination, experiences in implementing the tool, and the implications of capturing the value of care coordination. Webinar recordings, faculty presentations, and answers to audience questions are now available on the NCMHI Web site.
*An accompanying CCMT Adaptation and Implementation Guide is also available in the public domain. 

Is your state team working on care coordination as one of its focus areas? You might be interested in the MCHB Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Challenge

The Care Coordination for CSHCN Challenge will award $375,000 in prizes to support the creation of tech innovations to help families and case managers with the care and coordination of children with special health care needs.
What is the goal of the Care Coordination for CSHCN Challenge?
This Challenge will support the development and testing of low-cost, scalable tech innovations to meet the information needs of families of CSHCN, particularly those with complex medical conditions, and case managers. These innovations should improve the quality of care and enhance patient and family engagement and health care quality while saving costs to families and the health care system.
The launch date for this challenge is August, 2018. Click here to learn more: