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Acting to Keep Medicaid Coverage for Families

Starting April 1, 2023, some families will need to take action to keep their Medicaid health insurance – that’s the government program that provides coverage for people with disabilities, low incomes and other challenges. This period of Medicaid “redetermination” could impact thousands of Ohio families per month.

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A Tool to Help Better Control Childhood Asthma

A new Partners For Kids “digital dashboard” and algorithm help predict which children are most likely to end up in the emergency department for asthma, allowing pediatricians and other providers to intervene before the emergency happens.

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Coordinating and Improving Care for Young People who are Incarcerated

Youth in juvenile detention centers have worse health outcomes than their peers. Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Partners For Kids have created a care coordination team to improve access to health services and resources for those children, even after they are released.

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Creating a School-Based Health Model in Southern Ohio

In an effort to expand kids’ access to health care, Nationwide Children’s created the School Health Learning Collaborative, engaging and funding 13 school health teams across nine mostly Appalachian counties in southern Ohio.

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Exploring the Gap in Urban and Rural Health Care For Children

While it’s long been clear that children in rural areas have reduced access to some kinds of health care services compared to their urban peers, understanding the specifics of the care gap has proven difficult, because population-level data on utilization is split among many insurers and providers.

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Expanding a Transformational Accountable Care Organization

Dayton Children’s Hospital has invited Partners For Kids®, the United States’ oldest and largest pediatric accountable care organization, to begin operations in west central Ohio and enhance the health of 94,000 children living in the region.

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Helping Children With Medical Complexity Navigate the Health Care System

Partners For Kids  is responsible for the health of more than 400,000 children – including some who need significant amounts of medical and behavioral health care. The Care Navigation program helps coordinate care for those children and their families, leading to better health outcomes.

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How Partners For Kids is Expanding Its Nation-leading Care Coordination Program

Navigating the health care system can be a challenge. For more than a decade, Partners For Kids has helped make it easier for 26,000 young patients who are “medically complex.” The organization is now growing its care coordination program to help even more families.

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How Value-Based Care Helps Make Community Investment Possible

Nationwide Children's Chief Financial Officer Luke Brown is charged with carefully managing the finances of one of the United States’ largest pediatric health systems. At the same time, Nationwide Children’s is making significant population health investments, with the goal of keeping children as healthy as possible – and keeping them out of the hospital. In a recent conversation, he spoke of balancing those goals.

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The Integrated Care For Kids Project

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and nearly 50 community organizations are leading a $14.5 million initiative to improve the health and well-being of Licking County and Muskingum County children – especially those at increased risk of hospitalization or being placed outside the home.

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Medicaid and Young Adult Trauma Patients

Trauma is the leading cause of death for young adults, and more than 30% of young adult trauma patients were uninsured before 2014. Has the Affordable Care Act, and the expansion of Medicaid in some states, had an impact on outcomes? A new study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Abigail Wexner Research Institute helps answer the question.


Meet Partners For Kids

When policy makers and health care leaders talk about “value-based care,” the work exemplified by Partners For Kids is what they mean.

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Project ECHO and BH-Tips

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a learning collaborative that uses a hub-and-spokes model for case-based group education. A multidisciplinary team of behavioral health and primary care professionals at Nationwide Children’s are the hub, and community providers are the spokes.

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Proving That Value-Based Care Can “Bend the Cost Curve”

Results of a Pediatrics study indicate that Partners for Kids successfully improved the value of pediatric health care over time through cost containment, while maintaining quality of care.

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Redetermination: Some Families Need to Re-Enroll in Medicaid

With the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, many people covered by Medicaid need to prove that they remain eligible for public health insurance. Nationwide Children’s and its partners are working to get the word out.

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“Roving” Vaccine Clinics Help Children Catch Up on Immunizations

Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s efforts to address the decrease in pediatric vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic, through “roving” vaccine clinics and a primary care text reminder system, were among the winners of the Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention Challenge.

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Supplemental Security Income

A federal program could provide much-needed money to the families of children with disabilities who live in poverty – but in Ohio alone, many thousands of eligible children aren’t enrolled. Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Partners For Kids are developing new strategies to link families with this Supplemental Security Income.

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Why Children’s Hospitals Embrace Value-Based Care, Even When They Aren’t Required To

While some adult systems are mandated to explore value-based care strategies, children’s hospitals are often exempt from those requirements. Still, pediatric institutions have made the decision for themselves because they see the model as best for the health of their child patients and the financial success of their organizations.

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What Effects Do Vaccine Policies Have?

COVID-19 has put a new spotlight on the ways vaccines are developed and distributed. In this column for The Columbus Dispatch, Abbie Roth, managing editor for science communication at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, takes a step back and explores what happens when governments require vaccination.

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Why Some Children Could Lose Medicaid Coverage After COVID-19

When the current federal public health emergency ends, individual Medicaid eligibility must be “redetermined” for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. Children’s health advocates want to make sure that every child who should be covered by Medicaid remains covered.

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Partners For Kids

Since its founding in 1994, Partners For Kids has proven that it can provide high-quality care at a lower cost. PFK rewards physicians for preventing illness and for good health outcomes, not for large numbers of visits or procedures.

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Partners For Kids and Dayton Children's Hospital

Dayton Children's Hospital has partnered to bring Partners For Kids, a transformational accountable care organization (ACO), to the west central region of Ohio.