DHCS Joins CMS Group on Quality Improvements for Well-Child Visits

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) was recently accepted into the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Infant Well-Child Visits Learning Collaborative Affinity Group. The group is part of CMS’ Maternal and Infant Health Quality Initiative, which is intended to support states in implementing quality improvement projects that improve the utilization and quality of well-child visits for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries ages 0 to 12 months. DHCS has partnered with Children Now and several Medi-Cal managed care plans and providers in this initiative.

The affinity group will provide technical assistance to state Medicaid and CHIP agencies and their partners through group workshops and one-on-one meetings. QI advisors and subject matter experts will provide states with individualized guidance, including QI tools, to identify, implement, and test strategies to improve infant well-child visits and then spread those changes that prove successful. Participating states will meet monthly from October 2021 to October 2022 (with additional technical assistance available until October 2023) to develop and test data-driven interventions. States will work with CMS to improve their performance on the CMS Child Core Set measure ­­(Well-Child Visits in the First 30 Months of Life) and to identify other relevant indicators to track QI.

Additional information is available here.