Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
The NIHCM Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of America's health care system.
  • News

    To help you find answers to questions concerning COVID-19, NIHCM is providing you with links to expert sources that are frequently updated. We will continually update this list.

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  • Awards

    We are honored to announce the finalists for the 26th Annual Health Care Research and Journalism Awards. The winning entry in each category will be announced in late Spring and will receive a $15,000 to $20,000 cash prize.

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  • Data Insights

    Mental illness is increasingly common among young people but many are not receiving the treatment that they need. This Data Insights explores current trends in youth mental health and opportunities to improve outcomes.

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  • Grants

    NIHCM Foundation has awarded 14 grants for health care journalism including investigative reporting and educational opportunities for reporters.

    Press Release All Journalism Grantees
  • Grants

    NIHCM Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in grants to support nine investigator-initiated research studies.

    Press Release All Research Grantees
  • Briefing

    NIHCM Foundation led a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss social determinants of health and the opioid crisis with Founding President and CEO Nancy Chockley, former CMS Administrator Don Berwick, Curtis Barnett of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Craig Samitt of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and Grant Baldwin from the CDC.

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  • Advisory Board

    NIHCM Foundation is pleased to welcome Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Sherry Glied, PhD, and Katherine Baicker, PhD, to its distinguished Advisory Board. Their ideas and insights will advance NIHCM's mission to improve health care for millions of Americans.

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Events

April 08, 2020
USC-covid19-webinar-040820

This webinar will highlight how a top reporter stays on top of the story every day, and will offer actionable tips that will bolster fellow journalists' coverage.

March 18, 2020
Alliance-covid19-webinar-image

This COVID-19 Webinar Miniseries synthesizes the information in the headlines to provide cohesive insight into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

In the News

March 2020
Population Health Spotlight
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The Health of Children in Foster Care: Making Improvements Through Medicaid and the Law

April 16, 2013 | 09:00 AM
10:30 AM ET

Children in foster care face dramatic health inequities: nearly 60 percent have at least one chronic disease, and nearly 70 percent have moderate to severe mental health disorders. Relative to other non-disabled Medicaid beneficiaries, children in foster care use more medical services with higher associated costs. Yet the most recent Federal Child and Family Services Review found that about 25 percent of children in foster care have unmet health care needs.

This webinar on opportunities to improve the health of children in foster care featured public and private sector stakeholders discussing the following topics:

  • trends in the health of children in foster care, including their unmet needs and disproportionate cost to Medicaid
  • a successful state and private sector partnership to improve services for the foster population through Medicaid managed care
  • laws that promote the health of children and youth who are in or aging out of foster care, including the Affordable Care Act

Speakers

Bryan Samuels
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Katina Goodwyn
Anthem HealthKeepers Plus
Ashley Harrell
Maternal and Child Health Division
Tammy Whitlock
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
Eva Klain
American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law

Presentation Slides

Buying What Works Pays Off: Cost Effectiveness of Evidence-Based Interventions
Foster Care/Adoption Assistance Transition to Virginia Medicaid Managed Care
The Legal System - Laws That Promote the Health of Children and Youth in and Aging out of Foster Care

Additional Resources

Addressing the Mental Health of Youth in Foster Care. TeenScreen, National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University.

Administration for Children and Families:

Allen K. & Hendricks T. Medicaid and Children in Foster Care. Center for Health Care Strategies. March 2013.

American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law:

Baumrucker E, Fernandes-Alcantara A, Stoltzfus E, Fernandez B. Child Welfare: Health Care Needs of Children in Foster Care and Related Federal Issues. Congressional Research Service. February 2012.

Sydow N, Flango G. Physical and Emotional Well-Being: Court Performance Measures for Children and Youth in Foster Care, Juvenile and Family Court Journal. Fall 2012.

Geen R, Sommers A, Cohen M. Medicaid Spending on Foster Children. Urban Institute. August 2005.

Integration of Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Youth into Managed Care. Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services.

Klain E, Kendal J, Pilnik L. How Health Care Reform Helps Children in or at Risk of Entering the Child Welfare System, in American Bar Association Child Law Practice. May 2010.

Lehmann B, Guyer J, Lewandowski K. Child Welfare and the Affordable Care Act: Key Provisions for Foster Care Children and Youth. Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and Community Catalyst. June 2012.

Phicil S. Financing the Special Health Care Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care: A Primer.  Catalyst Center. September 2012.

Pilnik L. Practicing Preventative Law: A Day in the Life of a Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney, American Bar Association Child Law Practice. March 2008. 

Prevention and Early Identification of Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Center for Medicaid and CHIP Informational Bulletin.

Simmons M, Dubowitz H, Szilagvi M. Health Care Needs of Children in the Foster Care System. Pediatrics. October 2002. 

Events

April 08, 2020
USC-covid19-webinar-040820

This webinar will highlight how a top reporter stays on top of the story every day, and will offer actionable tips that will bolster fellow journalists' coverage.

March 18, 2020
Alliance-covid19-webinar-image

This COVID-19 Webinar Miniseries synthesizes the information in the headlines to provide cohesive insight into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

In the News

March 2020
Population Health Spotlight
newsletter rural urban new

Grants

Journalism GrantsJournalism Grant Program

NIHCM has announced its 2019 journalism grantees. We will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2020-2021 funding cycle in late spring 2020.

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Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program

NIHCM has announced its 2019 research grantees. We will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2020-2021 funding cycle in late spring 2020.

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Awards

The 26th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

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We are honored to announce the finalists for the 26th Annual Health Care Research and Journalism Awards.

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