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November 1, 2015 marks the start of the next open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. If you are an assister who helps consumers understand their options or if you are a family member looking for more information, resources are available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid as part of its its From Coverage to Care (C2C) initiative:
The federal government issued a new rule in February regarding the Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) that must be included in all individual and small-group health plans sold in or outside of ACA Exchanges. This blog discusses how this rule may lead to improved “habilitative” services for children with disabilities.
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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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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.