General acute-care and children’s hospitals are committed to improving the health status of women, children and adolescents in their communities. Specific issues include preventing and treating birth defects and developmental disabilities; reducing maternal mortality; understanding normal and abnormal development and genetic susceptibility to disease; addressing the major causes of perinatal and neonatal morbidity and mortality (including low-birth weight); and preventing and treating infectious diseases that affect women and children.
Working with advocacy partners, including the California Children’s Hospital Association, CHA supports policies and regulations to improve the health care delivery system for all women and children throughout the state.
A new report published by the nonprofit organization Children Now emphasizes that the health home model has the potential to provide better, more effective care to children and families in California. But, according to the report, the state’s policy makers haven’t taken full advantage of existing statewide infrastructure and opportunities in federal health care reform to expand access to health homes for vulnerable children. Available for download, the report maintains that using the health home’s team-based approach to health care delivery could be especially beneficial to children with complex health care needs and those in foster care.
Telepsychiatry in rural areas is beneficial for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and their parents, according to one of the largest randomized controlled trials of its kind.
During the 22 weeks of the study, children who received telemental health (TMH) improved significantly in ADHD inattention and hyperactivity, oppositional defiant disorder, school performance, and adaptive functioning, based on the ratings provided by their parents.
The study is yet another piece of evidence that telemedicine can play a role in closing the mental health gap.
A recently published 50-state analysis shows that, while less than 10 percent of children enrolled in Medicaid use behavioral health care, it accounts for 38 percent of program expenses. The Center for Health Care Strategies, a nonprofit health policy organization, published Faces of Medicaid: Examining Children’s Behavioral Health Service Utilization and Expenditures last month. The report examines patterns of behavioral health service use and expense for children in Medicaid in an effort to inform state efforts for improving care.