Children's Health Insurance Program

MACRA changes physician reimbursement modelThe new “MACRA” system, underway as of January 2017, massively changes the way physicians are paid under Medicare and will impact pediatricians indirectly but substantially, say experts.
Parent mentors get uninsured kids insuredCompared with traditional Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) outreach, the use of parent mentors (PMs) raises rates of insured minority children and improves healthcare access along with providing other benefits—including cost effectiveness—a new study shows.
Does Medicaid mean poorer care?Although low-income families gained greater access to private insurance since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, a new study urges caution for policymakers looking to replace public programs that outshine private insurance for children’s healthcare.
Proposed Medicaid rule: 7 things health execs should knowThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to modernize Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care regulations to update the programs’ rules and strengthen the delivery of quality care for beneficiaries. This proposed rule is the first major update to Medicaid and CHIP managed care regulations in more than 10 years.
Children’s benefits under ACA vary by stateFederal rules put forth under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have meant that some services covered for children vary from state to state, a recent study in Health Affairs points out.
Research for pediatric palliative care lagging
Meeting the challenge of rising vaccine costs
Meeting the challenge of rising vaccine costsThe high cost of purchasing and administering vaccines has been a topic of discussion by pediatricians for some time. New vaccines cost much more than the older ones, and even the old vaccines have consistently increased in cost over the years. This has caused some pediatricians to consider dropping vaccines from their practices altogether.
Vaccines too costly for docs to provide?About 1 in 10 pediatricians and family physicians has seriously considered not providing childhood vaccines because of cost, according to the results of a recent survey.
Marketplace or Medicaid? What to do with kidsThe number of medically uninsured children between 2008 and 2012 dropped to 5.3 million, and the coverage rate rose to 92.8%, according to the US Census Bureau American Community Survey. That might be the good news, but currently 70% of uninsured children are eligible but not enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), says the Urban Institute.
Expect changes to CHIP as ACA ramps upThe GAO is comparing children’s benefits under ACA-qualified health plans with those offered by CHIP.