State Leadership Workshops
on Improving EPSDT Programs
The goal of this project
is to provide technical assistance through State Leadership Workshops
that will foster successful coordination between State MCH and Medicaid
agencies regarding the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
(EPSDT) program, with the aim of increasing the number of eligible children
receiving screening, diagnosis, and necessary treatment services. EPSDT
is the child health component of Medicaid. Federal statutes and regulations
require that children under age 21 who are eligible for and enrolled in
Medicaid are entitled to EPSDT benefits and that states must cover a broad
list of prevention and treatment services. States have the responsibility
for key implementation decisions, including determination of provider
qualifications, payment levels, benefit definitions, and reporting requirements.
How well States carry out the EPSDT requirements is important to millions
of infants, children, and adolescents. Each State Leadership Workshop
will be designed to increase collaboration and structure dialogue between
Title V agencies and their partners on State-identified priorities in
These State Leadership
Workshops on EPSDT are sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau
(MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. MCHB has contracted with
Johnson Group Consulting, Inc. to develop and conduct these Workshops.
- The core target
audience for this workshop is senior leadership from State Medicaid,
Title V Maternal and Child Health/Children with Special Health Care
Needs Program, and State Children’s Health Insurance Programs
on the state’s priorities, Workshop invitees might include representatives
from other state agencies and local public health programs, as well
as children’s cabinets and legislative committees.
- States are
encouraged to invite private sector partners, such as health care providers,
managed care organizations, academic experts, families, and child health
advocates to participants in the Workshop.
will gain an understanding of how to:
- Strengthen Title
V and Medicaid partnerships to improve EPSDT
- Utilize the EPSDT
web module and related materials and tools.
- Promote quality
in pediatric primary care, including use of pediatric purchasing specifications
to improve managed care contracts.
- Inform and engage
- Use care coordination
and case management to support providers and families.
- Monitor performance
Each Leadership Workshop
on EPSDT and Title V Collaboration will be tailored by a State planning
group and designed to foster collaboration and structure dialogue between
Title V, Medicaid, and their partners. The workshops will be deliberately
designed to assist state leaders in focusing on and addressing their identified
challenges and priorities. Based on the MCHB-HRSA web-based module
on EPSDT & Title V collaboration (www.hrsa.gov/epsdt),
possible topics for the Workshops include:
- EPSDT & Title
- Strategies for
boosting state EPSDT program performance
- Family support
through outreach, informing, and education
- Support for
increased quality practice among pediatric primary care providers
care coordination and system of care issues
monitoring and data
Workshops will be
led by Johnson Group Consulting. We are senior-level professionals with
experience in maternal and child health policy, Medicaid/EPSDT, pediatric
managed care contracting, public health management, and health services
research. We have many years of experience in developing and conducting
workshops for senior state officials concerned with various aspects of
health care delivery and in advancing practical strategies for improving
child health programs and policies.
Our primary role of
will be to facilitate discussion and problem-solving among the participants
in the workshops. We will provide short briefing papers, relevant
written background, and/or a formal presentation at the Workshop, based
on the issues identified by the States. We will offer state leaders
practical knowledge and experiential learning, not lectures and theory.
The role of MCHB-HRSA
- Sponsor the Workshops
- Select States
that will host the Workshops.
The role of Johnson
Group in co-sponsoring the workshops is to:
- Coordinate with
State leaders to develop Workshops that address each State’s specific
and pay for faculty to facilitate and provide technical assistance at
- Conduct the
- Prepare materials
relevant to the agenda of each Workshop.
Role of Workshop
Co-sponsors are responsible
for arranging and paying for the following activities:
- Form a planning
group that includes Title V and Medicaid/EPSDT leadership.
- Promote the workshop,
including the development, printing, and mailing of the promotional
- Send invitations
- Arranging for
appropriate meeting space, audiovisual equipment, and, if desired, food
- Register attendees
and collecting any registration fee (if desired to offset expenses).
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