The Council of Children’s Hospitals held a joint Leadership and Quality Committee meeting on Thursday, September 18th. The Committee welcomed guest speaker Jim Kaufman, Vice President, Public Policy, for the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) located in Washington, DC.
Mr. Kaufman’s provided an in-depth presentation focusing on the environmental challenges associated with the continued ACA implementation and upcoming elections, CHA’s strategic efforts towards CHIP reauthorization, advancing solutions for children’s healthcare through the development of legislation entitled “Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2014 (ACE Kids)”. The ACE Kids Act of 2014 is targeted at advancing models of care for children through pediatric focused care management services. Mr. Kaufman reiterated that during these fiscally challenging times, Medicaid funding will remain a target for future budget cuts and we need to remain proactive in redesigning and strengthen the system that provides health care for children.
Additional agenda items included CCH updates on items that included: GME loan redemption, BME minimum data set efforts, resident training permit glitch, new offerings available on NewdoctorsNJ.com, and the problematic rising issue of handling pediatric patients that present to our hospitals on a protocol of medical marijuana and how this issue is being addressed both nationally and locally in New Jersey.
The next meeting for the CCH Leadership Committee is scheduled to take place on December 4th.