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One of the most confusing aspects for families of children with disabilities is the concept of deductibles and how that plays into cost-sharing. Many parents will choose plans with lower deductibles, but this may mean there is also a level of fewer benefits, which could be particularly problematic for children with special health care needs. Learn more about deductibles in this new blog.
There are now changes in circumstances which will no longer qualify for special enrollment. Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) allow consumer to enroll in a Marketplace health insurance plan outside the open enrollment period that occurs near the end of each year. Find out what changes were made to SEPs, why this happened, and what families need to know in the latest ACA blog.
Direct Support to 155,950 families and 74,225 professionals
Estimated Overall Outreach to 928,225 Families and 350,960 Professionals
Impacting 92% of families who are better able to partner with providers & navigate systems
Read more about the outreach, assistance, training, and impact of F2Fs in this 4-page report.
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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