Catalyst Center. Improving financing of care for children and youth with special health care needs.
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What have we done for you lately?
During the Catalyst Center's Structured Interview project (described in our October Monthly Update), we asked Title V program staff, Medicaid representatives, and family leaders if they had any technical assistance (TA) needs. The most-requested TA topic - from all three stakeholder groups - was for a glossary of terms about alternative payment strategies. Title V staff and family leaders wanted to be more familiar with the terms, and Medicaid personnel thought a glossary would be a great support for their Title V and family leader partners. So we created one. Happy reading!
In case you missed it (other news of note)
What does the data tell us? Read this article about the importance of Medicaid for children, especially children with special health care needs. Compared to CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) and private insurance, Medicaid benefits are more comprehensive, children have increased access to care (including specialty care), and families' out-of-pocket expenses are more affordable.  

P.S. The correct answer is false. 

New National Center 
The National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance is an exciting new partnership between the National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) and the Boston Children's Hospital Integrated Care Program. This new center, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, supports the promotion, implementation, and evaluation of care coordination activities and measures in child health across the United States. 

Information about the National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance can be found under the "Technical Assistance and Support" heading on the NCMHI care coordination page
About the Catalyst Center
The Catalyst Center, the National Center for Health Insurance and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U41MC13618, $473,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the Catalyst Center staff and should not be construed as the official position or policy of nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.
LT Leticia Manning, MPH, MCHB/HRSA Project  Officer.