New Findings from Diagnostica Stago Describe Advances in Medicare and Medicaid (Can Medicaid Claims Validly Ascertain Foster Care Status?)
Managed Care Weekly Digest
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Managed Care Weekly Digest -- Investigators discuss new findings in Medicare and Medicaid. According to news reporting originating from New Brunswick, New Jersey, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Medicaid claims have been used to identify populations of children in foster care in the current literature; however, the ability of such an approach to validly ascertain a foster care population is unknown. This study linked children in the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being-I to their Medicaid claims from 36 states using their Social Security numbers."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Diagnostica Stago, "Using this match, we examined discordance between caregiver report of foster care placement and the foster care eligibility code contained in the child's Medicaid claims. Only 73% of youth placed in foster care for at least a year displayed a Medicaid code for foster care eligibility. Half of all youth coming into contact with child welfare displayed discordance between caregiver report and Medicaid claims. Children with emergency department utilization, and those in primary care case management health insurance arrangements, had the highest odds of accurate ascertainment. The use of Medicaid claims to identify a cohort of children in foster care results in high rates of underascertainment."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Supplementing administrative data with survey data is one way to enhance validity of ascertainment."
For more information on this research see: Can Medicaid Claims Validly Ascertain Foster Care Status? Child Maltreatment, 2017;():1077559517712261. Child Maltreatment can be contacted at: SAGE Publications, USA , 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, USA. (Sage Publications - www.sagepub.com/; Child Maltreatment - cmx.sagepub.com)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting R. Raghavan, 1 School of Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, United States. Additional authors for this research include D.S. Brown and B.T Allaire (see also Medicare and Medicaid).
Publisher contact information for the journal Child Maltreatment is: SAGE Publications, USA , 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, USA.
Keywords for this news article include: New Jersey, New Brunswick, United States, Health Policy, Medicare and Medicaid, North and Central America.
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