The success of the ABCD Initiative provides lessons for states and other entities wishing to improve the quality of health care while controlling costs and improving efficiency. Identifying and implementing key processes to improve state policies affecting screening in primary care are the focus of this brief. ABCD states changed state statutes, state regulations, contracts, provider manuals, Web sites, and other documents that define state policies designed to improve the delivery of child development services. They also changed eligibility and claims processing systems to implement the policies described in the documents, conducted quality improvement projects designed to assess performance and foster change, and helped providers better understand new and existing policies through workshops, letters to providers and other means. These states made changes not only to Medicaid policies, but also to those governing related programs, such as early intervention and maternal and child health programs.
The briefing was prepared by Neva Kaye and Jennifer May and was produced with the support of the Commonwealth Fund. This briefing is first in a series of Findings from the ABCD Screening Academy.
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