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The National Alliance Receives Grant to Improve Transition in DC

The National Alliance had been awarded a new grant by the DC Department of Health to expand health care transition training, services, and consumer leadership in Wards 7 and 8. As part of the grant, the National Alliance will build partnerships with the DC Community Health Administration, the DC Department of Behavioral Health, MedStar Georgetown’s School Based Health Center at Anacostia High School, Health Services for Children with Special Needs, and the DC Department of Health Care Finance.

Pediatric to Adult Transition: A Quality Improvement Model for Primary Care

New Article: Quality improvement using the “Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition” resulted in the development of a systematic clinical transition process in pediatric and adult academic primary care practices.

Comments to CMS on the Application of Mental Health Parity Requirements to Medicaid and CHIP (6/8/2015)

New Policy Comment re: CMS’ proposed rule applying mental health parity to Medicaid managed care organizations, Medicaid Alternative Benefit Plans, and CHIP.

Incorporating the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition Into a Medicaid Managed Care Plan: Lessons Learned From a Pilot Project

New Article: Health care transition model, using the Six Core Elements, was successfully incorporated into a managed care plan.

Priority Research Recommendations for Adolescent-Centered Primary Care

New Commentary: Despite limited investment in adolescent-centered primary care, new prioritized research recommendations on adolescent and parent engagement, preventive care, and integrated care provide strategies for ensuring improvements in care to better address the needs of adolescents. See the commentary and the full set of recommendations.

Many Low Income Older Adolescents Likely to Remain Uninsured in 2014

New Fact Sheet: Despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act, many uninsured older adolescents living in poverty are likely to remain without coverage in 22 states.

Lack of Comparability Between CHIP and ACA Qualified Health Plans

New Fact Sheet: If CHIP is not reauthorized in 2015, families whose children are in separate CHIP plans will have to purchase child-only coverage in the exchange; however, these qualified health plans provide less generous benefits and have significantly higher cost-sharing requirements.

The Promise and Potential of Adolescent Engagement in Health

A new youth engagement measurement tool that examines health access and self-efficacy fills an important gap in consumer education research for adolescents.

Measuring the “Triple Aim” in Transition Care: A Systematic Review

New Article: Transition interventions are inconsistently evaluated in terms of their impact on population health, patient experience, and cost of care.

New Transition Quality Improvement Tools Available

The National Alliance’s Center for Health Care Transition Improvement just released the “Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition” (Version 2.0). This updated transition quality improvement package includes sample tools for use in primary and specialty care practices and measurement tools. For more information, visit

The National Alliance’s Center for Health Care Transition Improvement

The National Alliance has been awarded a 5-year federal grant to operate a new national resource center on transition from pediatric to adult health care focusing on quality improvement, education and training of health professionals, youth and family engagement, policy development, and information and dissemination. Go to the Center’s website at

Community Transition Partnership for DC Youth Special Needs

The National Alliance has received a 2-year grant from the DC Department of Health to pilot and evaluate a comprehensive transition model for SSI and foster care adolescents and young adults enrolled in Health Services for Children with Special Needs, a Medicaid managed care organization.

Private Coverage Under California's Affordable Care Act: Benefit and Cost-Sharing Requirements Affecting Children and Adolescents With Special Health Care Needs

New Issue Brief: Although California’s benchmark plan offers a broad set of benefits that should meet the needs of most children and adolescents with special needs, cost-sharing obligations under silver, bronze, and catastrophic plans will be significant.

Current Status of Transition Preparation Among Youth with Special Needs in the United States

New Article: Most adolescents, ages 12 through 17, with special health care needs are not receiving the support and assistance they need to transition to adult health care, according to the current National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, and there have been no discernible improvements since transition was last measured in 2005.

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