Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Networks (CoIINs) are multidisciplinary teams of federal, state, and local leaders working together to tackle a common problem.
Last year, CRS was one of 10 states awarded a CoIIN to advance care for children with medical complexity (CMC). The grant, managed by the Boston University School of Pubic Health and supported through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is to improve the quality of life for children with medical complexity, the well-being of their families, and the cost effectiveness of their care.
The CoIIN approach provides a way for participants to self-organize, forge partnerships, and take coordinated action to address complicated issues, said Lolita McLean, CRS maternal and child health coordinator.
“The core of the problem we are working to solve is developing and testing a new pay model for care of children with medical complexity. It is a very small group of children – less than 1 percent – but their significant medical needs use up a majority of the total funding,” said McLean.
In addition to helping identify a new CMC pay model, CRS will work to reduce scheduled CMC hospitalizations and also report unmet needs of children with medical complexity.
Other states participating in the CoIIN are Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. CRS will receive $135,000 in funding per year through 2021 for participating in the CoIIN.
Other partners in the HRSA-supported CoIIN include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, and Family Voices.