Setting a Medi-Cal Child Health Quality Agenda
More than half of California children rely on Medi-Cal for health care, including access to critical preventive check-ups and other important health care services to ensure that children can stay healthy and on target developmentally. Especially for younger children, quality health care through Medi-Cal has the potential to improve their lifetime trajectories, overall population health, and long-run efficiencies. Measuring and tracking the quality of health care delivered to children in Medi-Cal is the first step to assuring access to services, improving the quality of services, enhancing the patient experience, and establishing efficiencies that can improve health outcomes. This brief reviews the current Medi-Cal landscape of child health quality measurement and provides immediate, ongoing, and longer-term recommendations on how the state can move forward in setting a Medi-Cal child health quality measurement agenda for 2019 and beyond to advance and improve child health outcomes.