CMS Withdraws Free Care Policy For many years, some state Medicaid agencies denied claims to school-based health centers (SBHCs) because of an interpretation of federal policy that payment was not allowable for services that were available without charge to the beneficiary (free care). The argument was: you can’t bill Medicaid for Medicaid enrollees exclusively and not charge for services provided free to the community at large (in this case, all students). A December 15 guidance to state Medicaid directors clarifies that this policy “is not an interpretation of either the Medicaid statute or existing regulations” and has withdrawn the policy. For more information see the letter.
Introducing Our Leadership Fellows We are pleased to introduce the first cohort of fellows for our Leadership Fellows Program (LFP). These ten individuals represent a variety of disciplines in the school-based health care field. Over the next year, they will hone their leadership skills by assessing their strengths, building relationships, and learning about the foundations of creating change and community benefit. Click here to read their bios.
2013-14 School-Based Health Center Census The School-Based Health Alliance has launched the 2013-14 School-Based Health Center Census! Data about your health center will help us track how we are at the forefront of providing high-quality, comprehensive health care to children and adolescents in schools.
If you complete the census during our initial summer push (July 1- August 15), you will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift card. Finish the census within 10 days of starting, and your name will be entered into the raffle twice. If you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Grants Lead to Exciting Programs from the School-Based Health Alliance
The School-Based Health Alliance is pleased to announce that we have received grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in June. These grants will support the school-based health care movement by providing valuable resources, trainings, and programs.
Our grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies is a $2.5 million grant, distributed over a three-year period. This funding will be used to:
establish a data center to demonstrate the full power of SBHCs to current and emerging health care markets and other stakeholders;
create a multi-state public-private funders policy collaborative to advance policies that support and value the full integration of school-based health care within emerging organizational and financial models; and
develop a school health leadership fellows program to engage and prepare younger school-based health care advocates to fill the knowledge and experience void left by departing long-time experts and advocates.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation provided the School-Based Health Alliance with a $250,000 grant distributed over two years to address the growing public health concern of adolescent substance abuse in the United States. The School-Based Health Alliance will use this funding to equip school-based health care professionals with the necessary skills to implement a screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) approach with students who are most at-risk of abusing drugs and alcohol.
New Directions for School-Based Health The School-Based Health Alliance is pleased to partner with the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust to create the next generation of school-based health centers (SBHCs). The New Directions for School-Based Health Grant—funded by CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and administered by the School-Based Health Alliance—will build the capacity of the school-based health care field to become integrated and active participants in the larger health care ecosystem through policy and practice solutions.