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 May 17, 2016

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Management Minute

If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you. ~ Fred DeVito

It seems like a long time since I was able to write a Management Minute actually focused on management! In fact, when I last wrote in late February, we were very focused on the rescheduled Annual Conference and I promised to return to the theme of perseverance and resilience and talk about a term from the education and psychology field that I both admire and believe in. The term is "grit". [more]

Legislative & Policy Corner

House Passes Bills to Address Opioid Epidemic
The House of Representatives during the week of May 10 passed several bills addressing the opioid epidemic that had previously cleared the House Energy & Commerce Committee. [more]

Senators Seek Stronger Pediatric Services in Essential Health Benefits Package
On May 5, U.S. Senators Schatz, Cardin, Casey, Brown, Gillibrand, Murphy, Warren, Blumenthal, Markey, Nelson and Boxer circulated a "dear colleague" letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell about strengthening the pediatric services category of the Essential Health Benefits (EHB). Under the current law, states are allowed to benchmark their pediatric benefits based on the benefits of a typical private plan. [more]

Health Reform Implementation  

Arizona Adds Health Insurance Program for Children
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on May 6 signed into law a bill that aims to help working families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but who cannot afford private health insurance. [more]

New Report Finds 47 States and D.C. Reimburse for Telehealth
47 states and the District of Columbia currently provide fee-for-service reimbursement for medical services delivered via some form of live video, according to the fourth edition of the State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies, recently released by the Public Health Institute. [more]

Continuity of Care Provision Included in 2017 Benefit and Payment Parameters
The recently finalized 2017 Benefit and Payment Parameters, which apply to health plans sold in Federally Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs), includes a continuity of care provision allowing consumers undergoing an active course of treatment to continue seeing their provider after the provider is terminated from a health plan network without cause. [more]

CMS Clarifies Requirements for Managed Care Reimbursement to FQHCs and RHCs
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released guidance clarifying the requirements for states to implement alternative payment methodologies (APMs) under which Medicaid and CHIP-managed care entities directly reimburse federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics (RHCs) the full amounts payable to them under the prospective payment system. [more]

CMS Encourages States to Facilitate Access to Medicaid for Justice-Involved Populations
CMS recently released guidance to ensure that states facilitate Medicaid access for justice-involved populations prior to and after a stay in correctional institutions. For the purposes of claiming Federal Financial Participation (FFP), the guidance clarifies the regulatory definition of an "inmate of a public institution" as an individual who is in custody and held involuntarily in a public institution operated by law enforcement authorities. [more]

HHS Announces Challenge to Create "A Bill You Can Understand"
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell recently announced a new challenge for health care organizations, designers, developers, digital tech companies and other innovators: Design a medical bill that's simpler, cleaner and easier for patients to understand, and improve patients' experience of the overall medical billing process. [more]

Get Involved

Evidence-Based or -Informed Strategy Measures (ESM) Learning Labs
In follow-up to the State Title V Technical Assistance Meeting that took place in Washington, D.C., on April 5 and 6, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau is hosting several learning labs, each focusing on a population health domain. The labs will build on the work at the Technical Assistance Meeting to provide ongoing technical support in the development of Evidence-Based or -Informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) to address each of the National Performance Measures (NPM). [more]

Title V Block Grant Webinar
Join us on May 24 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET for an interactive webinar, "Connecting IM CoIIN Efforts to Title V Block Grant."  Objectives for this session include sharing methods for leveraging IM CoIIN efforts and aligning with the Title V Block Grant, and facilitating state sharing around connecting CoIIN efforts to Title V National Performance Measures. This webinar will include time for discussions and Q/A with the presenters. [more]

Applications Open for the 2016 MCH Epi Pre-Conference Trainings
AMCHP and CityMatCH will offer four two-day training options Sept. 12-13 for those wishing to build their skills in the areas of Medicaid claims analysis, data communication, spatial thinking and evidence-based public health. [more]

Workforce Development Series Focuses on 'Bench Strength'
AMCHP is pleased to present a new MCH Workforce Development Solutions Series Domain (WSSDOM). This new series will provide a platform for AMCHP members to learn more about successful workforce development solutions to address issues such as staffing, organizational design, accreditation and work process re-design (e.g., due to health transformation), to share innovations and to identify best practices. [more

Free MCH Summer Skills Institute
The National MCH Workforce Development Center is offering a free MCH Summer Skills Institute in August. You can choose either a three-day or five-day schedule to enhance your skills and improve effectiveness. All activities will focus on advancing block grant strategies and outcomes in the health transformation environment. [more]

Stay Informed About Adolescent and Young Adult Health
A new service is on the way to help you stay up-to-date on adolescent and young adult health topics and resources: The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH Center), funded by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), recently launched a newsletter -- and Member Briefs subscribers will automatically receive it. [more]

Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)
Come and join AMCHP's Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)! The CoPs are grouped by population domain, including Child Health, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN), Cross-cutting/Life Course, and Women's/Maternal Health. [more]

Text4Baby Users are One in a Million!
As of April 2016, Text4Baby – the largest mobile health initiative in the nation – had enrolled 1 million pregnant women and new mothers, reaching them with important health and safety information. [more]

Latino Children Undercounted in Census
On May 18, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET, the Child Trends Hispanic Institute and the NALEO Educational Fund will host a webinar highlighting The Invisible Ones: How Latino Children Are Left Out of Our Nation's Census Count, a recent collaborative publication by both organizations that reveals that 400,000 Latino children were unreported in the 2010 Census, which is the biggest undercount of any group in the United States. [more]

Reducing Disparities in Teen Birth Rates: A National Snapshot and Examples from the Field
On May 19, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will highlight the findings from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that was released Apr. 28 about reductions in teen birth rates and persistent disparities. [more]

Child Safety in Tribal Communities
On May 19, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET, the U.S., Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, in collaboration with the Fox Valley Technical College AMBER Alert National Training and Technical Assistance Program, will present "Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Strategies in Tribal Communities: A Focus on Child Safety." [more]

The State of Reproductive Health Care in 2016: Impact of the Affordable Care Act and Birth Control Coverage Requirement
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) will host a free webinar on May 19, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, to clarify the legal requirements for coverage of the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods, including long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods. [more]

Child Abuse Prevention Webinar
On May 25, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, the Children's Safety Network will host a webinar, "Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect to Create a World Where Every Child Can Thrive." The webinar will highlight the CDC's Essentials for Childhood framework, which is intended for communities committed to the positive development of children and families, specifically the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The webinar will provide state examples and resources to support the framework. [more]

Making the Connection: Climate Changes Children's Health
The American Public Health Association and ecoAmerica are cosponsoring a webinar series that investigates the health impacts of climate change. This series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health, including asthma, health risks in children, mental health and healthy community design as a mitigation approach. [more]

Disparities in the Health and Well-Being of Children and Youth in Rural Areas of the United States
On May 31, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau will host the latest installment in the DataSpeak Series. [more]

Upcoming Webinar Series
Join Child Trends and other partners of the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance for a webinar series focused on evaluating quality initiatives, especially those related to the Child Care and Development Fund. Topics include evaluation basics, data collection and analysis, as well as evaluation timing and reporting. [more]

Investing in Children's Health and the Pay for Success Approach
The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation will host a webinar on June 6, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET, about the Pay for Success (PFS) approach, which invites investors and philanthropies to fund evidence-based social programs, such as home visits, with reimbursement from the government when the programs achieve their objectives. [more]

Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes
City MatCH is accepting applications for the Third Cohort of the Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes. Seven Teams will gain the opportunity to be a part of this high-visibility, national movement of urban communities instilling a data-driven focus on public health strategies to reduce inequities in birth outcomes. [more]

The ACE Study: Implications for MCH Policy and Practice
Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting manuscript submissions based on the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study, for an issue dedicated to enhancing knowledge of the study and its implications across the field. [more]

New Name for Home of Catalyst Center
The name of the group that is home to the Catalyst Center has changed. The Catalyst Center – a national center dedicated to improving health care coverage and financing for children and youth with special health care needs – is run by the Center for Advancing Health Policy and Practice (formerly the Health & Disability Working Group) at Boston University School of Public Health. [more]

Publications & Resources

Zika Corner

Interim Guidance for Zika Virus Testing of Urine
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released findings that suggest the Zika virus can be detected in urine for at least two weeks after the onset of symptoms. [more]

Zika Action Plan (ZAP) Follow-up Teleconferences
Teleconference presentations archived by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide information on pregnancy and birth defects, health messaging and communications for response to the Zika virus transmission, and other relevant resources for health officials. [more]

Workforce Development

Workforce Preparation and Child Outcomes
This brief discusses the available evidence on the associations between the preparation of infant/toddler teachers and caregivers, and improvements in quality and child outcomes. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

New CDC Vital Signs on ADHD
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an article, "Vital Signs: National and State-Specific Patterns of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment Among Insured Children Aged 2-5 Years – United States, 2008-2014," as well as a four-page consumer fact sheet that presents a call to action. [more]

New Epilepsy Resources
The American Academy of Pediatrics is the Coordinating Center for Children and Youth with Epilepsy under HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The center provides continuous learning opportunities for MCHB grantees, the program's advisory committee, as well as other health professionals. [more

Women's & Infant Health

Maintaining the Downward Trend
Child Trends' archived video resource explores ways to continue the momentum of teen pregnancy prevention work. This discussion around teen pregnancy prevention research and policy took place during the 2015 Kristin Anderson Moore Lecture. [more]

Reduced Disparities Birth Rates
The CDC recently released a MMWR entitled "Reduced Disparities in Birth Rates Among Teens Aged 15-19 Years—United States, 2006-2007, and 2013-2014." The report highlights that teen birth rates have fallen nearly 50 percent among Hispanic and black teens, dropping the national teen birth rate to an all-time low.  [more]


Maternal and Child Health Measurement Research Network
Deadline: May 27, 2016
The purpose of this funding opportunity from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration is to support a forum that will create a national agenda for health measurement research by producing an evolving compendium of available high, quality measures of maternal and child health, and by identifying gaps in existing measures for future development purposes. [more]

Newborn Screening Implementation Program Regarding Conditions Added to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel
Deadline: May 27, 2016
The goal of this funding opportunity from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration is to increase the number of newborns receiving early treatment for Pompe disease,  Mucopolysaccharidosis I (MPS I) and X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) by: fostering the integration of and building capacity for newborn screening for these conditions; increasing the number of NBS laboratory scientists and short-term follow-up personnel with knowledge and skill in conducting newborn screening and short-term follow-up for Pompe disease, MPS 1, and X-ALD; providing training, education, and sharing of information via a national meeting for the public health community; supporting primary health care providers through education and resources, with special attention to cases with later onset of symptoms; and engaging families in the development and dissemination of educational materials and support mechanisms that are culturally sensitive and family-centric for families who have an infant identified through NBS. [more]

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