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Hamaspik Goes Live with Care Coordination for Kids Ages 1-21 with Chronic Conditions

January 10, 2017

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Hamaspik Goes Live with Care Coordination for Kids Ages 1-21 with Chronic Conditions

New ‘Health Home’ Service to Provide Total Support to Struggling Parents, Families

An adolescent with severe mental disorder?  A child with cancer plus complications?  A teen with migraines and diabetes?  Help is here!

For too many families whose medically-involved precious sons or daughters fit those or equivalent descriptions, Hamaspik will once again be extending its legendary helping hand.

That’s because Hamaspik is now a provider of New York State Medicaid’s Health Home Servicing Children (HHSC) program.

One of many programs and supports provided by New York’s Medicaid healthcare plan for the poor, HHSC is built upon the health home model of healthcare coordination—currently in use across the country for several years now in both public and private medicine.  New York’s Medicaid program has offered health homes to medically-involved adults since 2012.

The health home model is built around the care manager, a patient advocate armed with each patient’s full medical history that is shared among all the patient’s caregivers.

The novelty of the health home is two-fold: a team approach, and using proactive care to prevent reactive care, to keep people from getting sick (or sicker) in the first place—and to reduce costs.

Here’s how New York State’s official Medicaid website defines “health home”:

“A Health Home is a care management service model whereby all of an individual’s caregivers communicate with one another so that all of a patient’s needs are addressed in a comprehensive manner.  This is done primarily through a ‘care manager’ who oversees and provides access to all of the services an individual needs to assure that they receive everything necessary to stay healthy, out of the emergency room and out of the hospital.”

But where the health-home model is particularly innovative is in the arena of multiple diagnoses, such as a mental-health problem coupled with a chronic physical illness—at least as far as New York’s ever-innovating Medicaid is concerned.

And now, Hamaspik is standing by to help families beset by the burdensome, constant struggle of caring for children who are chronically ill—with a children’s health home program of its own.

Bringing better care home

With an eye towards streamlining care for its most medically-involved patients, the New York State Dept. of Health (DOH)—which runs the state’s sprawling Medicaid apparatus—has significantly expanded its statewide health-home front of late.