Kansas Initiatives to Expand Holistic Care Coordination
Care coordination is a critical component to providing care through a medical home, but there are many other places where some form of care coordination can be received. In Kansas, this is widespread and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is hoping to support alignment and partnership among these types of programs, to assure families are able to access the support they need, when they need it.
Throughout 2022, there will be several opportunities for providers to participate.
- February – March 2022 – Project ECHO Series
Along with the Kansas Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, we will be hosting a series of five ECHO sessions “COVID Support through Care Coordination.” Sessions will be once a week February 1 through March 8.
- Spring 2022 – COVID Support through Care Coordination (PDF) Community of Practice
This Community of Practice (CoP) will support primary care practices to identify (or hire, if necessary), train, and fund staff to assist with their COVID-19 response. Care coordinators provide valuable support and capacity to both practice staff and patients, especially during COVID-19 response work.
- Fall 2022 – Holistic Care Coordination Community of Practice
This Community of Practice (CoP) will support primary care practices with implementing pieces of a holistic care coordination program within their practice through financial support, guidance, and technical assistance.
In the Spring of 2021, we completed three provider input activities: a survey, four roundtable sessions, and eight sessions with providers participating in the “Turn a Page, Touch a Mind” program with the Kansas Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics. Explore the findings from these activities.
A Holistic Care Coordination Toolkit has been developed. The public facing portion of the toolkit includes considerations for implementing or improving care coordination, divided out by domains based on the National Care Coordination Standards for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.
Kansas Special Health Care Needs Program
The Kansas Special Health Care Needs program offers holistic care coordination supports for children with special health care needs and their families that meet medical eligibility criteria. Learn more on the Special Health Care Needs page and on the Special Health Care Needs Flyer (PDF).
Community Health Worker Coalition & Steering Committee
Community Health Workers (CHW) provide services and supports very similar to HCC. The CHW Coalition defined the role of the CHW and established core competencies for the workforce. The Steering Committee is working to establish sustainable reimbursement for CHWs in Kansas. Learn more on the Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition website.
Service / Care Coordination Through Medicaid for Young Children
Kansas participated in Phase 2 of the Pediatrics Supporting Parents (PSP) technical assistance project and conducted a review of service coordination under Medicaid Managed Care to produce key recommendations for improving access to care coordination for young children and their families. Find more information online.