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About 6 of 10 primary care clinicians say they’re seeing more newly insured patients or patients covered by Medicaid since the ACA’s major coverage provisions took effect in January 2014. Large shares—66% of nurse practitioners and physician assistants and 50% of physicians—report that they’re currently accepting new Medicaid patients.
This is the third and final opportunity, through NCFPP’s cooperative agreement, to participate in a web-based course to learn concepts and best practices of Quality Improvement. The course consists of a series of 5 webinars, taught by a faculty member from the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ), and regularly scheduled coaching calls. During the course, each participating team applies their learning to a real-life quality improvement project of their choice and receives support from an assigned family faculty mentor. Applications are due December 11, 2015. Learn more here.
Even after children and adults with special needs have enrolled in a healthcare plan through a State or the Federal Marketplace, some are having difficulties accessing care. In this blog, we summarize some of the obstacles and how they can be addressed.
Did you know that family-centered care can improve patient and family outcomes, increase satisfaction, decrease health care costs, and lead to more effective use of health care resources? You can learn more about what makes health care family-centered by using the Family Voices Family-Centered Care Assessment tool, a 24-question tool to measure family centeredness of provider care based on ideas created by families themselves.
The article, Psychometric Evaluation of a Consumer-Developed Family-Centered Care Assessment Tool, has recently been published online in the Maternal and Child Health Journal. This study describes the process that yielded a robust and psychometrically sound instrument for which there has been substantial interest from health care providers, researchers, and family groups. The FCCA provides an important alternative to existing measures of families’ experiences of health care, including the CAHPS, which does not address the full range of topical areas deemed important to families, and the MHFI, which lacks the rigorous psychometric evaluation of the FCCA. The findings from this study also provide compelling evidence of the value of families taking substantive roles as researchers in the development of quality measures. The high level of validity of the family-created questions in this study indicates how consistent the concepts in the developed questions are with the expectations of families across all demographic groups. This model of partnership in research, with consumers themselves in the lead, provides an important model for future quality measure development.
Learn more about the FCCA, including requesting access to use the tool here.
Family Voices strives to infuse cultural and linguistic competence throughout the organization to meet the needs of all families. In this tip sheet, we provide strategies to help build cross-cultural relationships and help you consider the "individual vs. community" approach.
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