CHA News Article

DHCS to Convene Meeting Tomorrow on CCS Redesign ‘Whole Child Model’
Will discuss implementation timeline, stakeholder feedback, next steps

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will convene its California Children’s Services Program Redesign Stakeholder Advisory Board July 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. to discuss DHCS’ attached proposal to redesign the California Children’s Services (CCS) program using a “whole-child model.” The model would be implemented in specified counties no sooner than January 2017. The meeting is scheduled to include an overview of discussions with County Operated Health System plans, counties and family members about their current experience with the CCS population related to provider network adequacy, care coordination, continuity of care and consumer protections. Also included will be discussion of the implementation timeline, stakeholder feedback submitted to DHCS on the proposal, a presentation of CCS data and next steps. The meeting is open to the public and will include a comment period. An agenda is attached.

According to DHCS, its proposal meets the six goals for its CCS redesign (outlined below), including its primary goal to provide comprehensive treatment and focus on children’s full range of needs, rather than only their CCS-eligible conditions. In releasing its proposal, DHCS announced that in the counties not chosen to implement the whole child model, DHCS and stakeholders will continue to work on alternative concepts and proposals to improve care for CCS beneficiaries.

DHCS CCS Redesign Goals

  • Implement patient and family-centered approach: Provide comprehensive treatment and focus on the whole child rather than only their CCS-eligible condition(s).
  • Improve care coordination through an organized delivery system: Provide enhanced care coordination among primary, specialty, inpatient, outpatient, mental health and behavioral health services through an organized delivery system that improves the care experience of the patient and family.
  • Maintain quality: Ensure providers and organized delivery systems meet quality standards and outcome measures specific to the CCS population.
  • Streamline care delivery: Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the CCS health care delivery system.
  • Build on lessons learned: Consider lessons learned from current pilots and prior reform efforts, as well as delivery system changes for other Medi-Cal populations.
  • Be cost effective: Ensure costs are no more than the projected cost that would otherwise occur for CCS children, including all state-funded delivery systems. Consider simplification of the funding structure and value-based payments to support a coordinated service delivery approach.

Meeting Location:

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
California Lottery Pavilions
700 North 10th Street

Stakeholder comments submitted to DHCS on its proposal are available for review on the DHCS website. Additional information, along with additional meeting materials, are available on the DHCS CCS Redesign website.