Disclaimer: Moving Health Care Upstream is a collaborative effort co-led by Nemours Children’s Health System (Nemours) and the Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities at the University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA). The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Nemours, UCLA or the Moving Health Care Upstream initiative.
Nemours is excited to release a new toolkit titled “Medicaid Prevention Pathways”—developed with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—for state Medicaid officials and managed care organizations (MCOs) with Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees. One of the key tools is a Roadmap that illustrates the range of Medicaid and CHIP options that states can use to sustain approaches that link traditional clinical preventive care with community-based initiatives (“clinic to community”) to address chronic disease, and how best to successfully put these strategies in place on the ground. The Roadmap demonstrates through examples how states have extensive flexibility under current law to finance these strategies through Medicaid and CHIP for preventing chronic disease, including childhood obesity, at both the individual and population levels. [Read more…]