Connecticut's State Innovation Model (SIM)
ENSURING CHILDREN'S HEALTH NEEDS ARE REFLECTED IN SIM
In 2014 Connecticut received $45 million from the federal Medicare and Medicaid agency to reform the State’s adult and pediatric health care system to:
- Improve patient experience accessing and using services
- Rein in escalating health care costs
- Address health inequalities
The State’s Office of Health (OHS) Strategy is pursuing health reforms built on the foundation of medical home, a CHDI priority for pediatric primary care. CHDI is working with OHS to inform plans for the delivery of children’s health care services within the larger health care reform efforts.
As a result:
- The Care Coordination Collaborative model is included in PCMH+ shared savings and community integration initiatives
- Development and behavioral health screening are SIM quality measures
- United Way Child Development Infoline and Help Me Grow are SIM medical home supports
- The primary care payment reform work is informed by both a pediatric design group and behavioral health and primary care pediatric design group
- The Office for Health Strategy is crafting a vision for Health Enhancement Communities that provide financing, accountability monitoring, and linkage of child health services to community services.