SEBELIUS AWARDS MORE THAN $9 MILLION TO SOUTH CAROLINA TO TEST INNOVATIONS IN CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a grant of more than $9 million to South Carolina to improve health care quality and delivery systems for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The grant is part of $100 million in federal funds awarded to 10 states today as part of the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA). The funds will be awarded over a five-year period. South Carolina will be awarded $2.2 million in the first year of a five-year grant totaling $9.3 million.
“We all have a stake in the health of our nation’s children,” said Sebelius. “Exploring new technologies and initiatives will help ensure our kids get the high quality care they need and deserve.”
South Carolina will automate data collection of children’s health quality indicators across 15 participating medical practices. These practices will work together to share knowledge, develop plans, and evaluate the success of those plans once implemented. The practices will also integrate information about mental health care as part of the patient’s health profile.
The grants are totally federally funded and are designed help establish a national quality system for children’s health care through Medicaid and CHIP. The money will help states implement and evaluate provider performance measures and utilize health information technologies such as pediatric electronic health records and other quality improvement initiatives.
“These grants will test the most current theories of how to improve the quality of care delivered to children,” said Cindy Mann, director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “These awards will help create the foundation for a more responsive and effective national framework of high quality health care for children.”
More information about children’s health coverage can be found at www.InsureKidsNow.gov.
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