2017 KIDS COUNT County Data Book Details Current Status of Well-Being for Kentucky Children

The 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. It also offers detailed data for all 120 Kentucky counties, and calculates how many children would be impacted if Kentucky was able to make just a 10 percent improvement for each measure.

“The message behind the KIDS COUNT data is clear: giving children opportunities to succeed is essential if our state is to reach its potential,” said Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA). “Looking at data change over time illuminates areas of progress and areas of needed policy change and investment. If all of our kids-no matter their families’ income, skin color, or zip code-are to grow up to be healthy and productive citizens, their needs must be prioritized.”

The 2017 County Data Book allows users to investigate areas in which Kentucky and its counties are making progress and those needing focused attention for improvement by highlighting information and data in four domains of child well-being: economic security, education, health, and family and community.

“Quality data helps us focus our efforts to build healthier and safer communities,” said Mark Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan, the signature sponsor of the Data Book. “That’s why we are so pleased to sponsor a tool that health provider partners, community agencies, youth, and advocates across Kentucky can utilize to build stronger communities for our future – our children.”

For example, health data continues to show progress for Kentucky kids. Nearly 96 percent of children under age 19 and 77 percent of young adults age 19-25 have health insurance, which they depend on to stay healthy. In addition, rates of smoking during pregnancy, babies born at low birthweight, and teen births all improved over the past 5 years.

Read the 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book and access the Kentucky KIDS COUNT Data Dashboard, featuring data trends from the 2017 report, at  kyyouth.org.

 

Passport joins with Red Cross to ‘Sound the Alarm’ and install free smoke detectors

Passport Health Plan is proud to be a sponsor of the American Red Cross’s “Sound the Alarm” campaign for 2017 and 2018.

The “Sound the Alarm” campaign is a national event that aims to raise awareness and provide free smoke detectors and installation to all people who might need them. Through Passport’s involvement, we hope to increase awareness and provide resources to those who need it across the state of Kentucky.

Louisville, Lexington, and Tompkinsville were among the 100 cities chosen nationwide to be a part of this program. Due to the prevalence of recent natural disasters with hurricanes, storms, flooding, etc., the Red Cross has moved the Louisville and Lexington implementations until Spring 2018.

Residents who are in need of a smoke detector can contact the Red Cross and request someone to come out and install one in their home for free. More information is available online at SoundtheAlarm.org.

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Keisha Deonarine named Executive Director of Passport Foundation

KeishaKeisha Deonarine has been named Executive Director of the Passport Foundation.

She joins Passport with a background in banking, economic development, fundraising, and community development. She most recently served as the Senior Community Health Director for the American Heart Association; prior to that, she was the Economic Development Manager for Louisville Forward, the economic and community branch of Metro Louisville government.

“Keisha has a proven track record, securing development funds for Metro Louisville,” said Passport CEO Mark B. Carter. “We are very excited to have her join our team during this time of transformational opportunity within the communities we serve.”

The Passport Foundation will seek philanthropic support to fuel innovation that positively impacts the social determinants of health and promotes health equity, with a special focus on marginalized populations across Kentucky. An initial focus for the Foundation is securing support for creation of the Health and Well-being Campus in West Louisville. Philanthropy will help build this world-class campus, which will serve as a model of collaboration to build a healthy community where everyone has the opportunity to flourish.

For more information, please click here.

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Passport rated as one of the top Kentucky Medicaid Health Insurance Plans by National Committee on Quality Assurance

Passport Health Plan has been rated 3.5 out of 5 by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, according to “NCQA’s Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2017-2018,” and has also been awarded “Commendable” Health Plan Accreditation status by the organization.

With this rating from NCQA, Passport remains one of the top-rated Medicaid plans in Kentucky. A complete list of the ratings can be found at http://www.ncqa.org/ratings. The searchable database provides a detailed view of each plan’s ratings in consumer satisfaction, prevention, and treatment.

In awarding Passport with the Commendable accreditation status, NCQA’s evaluation process looked at how well Passport manages and performs in more than 700 different requirements, quality measures, and member satisfaction.

“Achieving NCQA Commendable Health Plan Accreditation Status is a reflection of Passport’s promise and commitment to quality for our members and getting them the care and service they deserve while partnering with our provider delivery system,” said Dr. Steve Houghland, Passport’s Chief Medical Officer. “We’re proud that each team member stepped forward to meet the challenge, pushing us to this great accomplishment.”

For more information, please click here. For more about NCQA, please go online to ncqa.org.

 

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Kentucky Cabinet provides updated information about KY HEALTH program

KY Health NoticeWe are still waiting for official word from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s Section 1115 waiver application proposal, known as KY HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health).

In the meantime, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has produced a “Kentucky HEALTH Quick Facts”one-pager for all Kentuckians. It is available online on the Kentucky HEALTH website under “additional information.” Also available online is the updated Kentucky HEALTH Overview Presentation and a quick reference Kentucky HEALTH Eligibility Summary.

 

 

Passport Plans Workshops for Members of Provider Network to Learn About New Claims System and Provider Portal

Passport is holding annual provider workshops to educate providers on Medicaid processes, procedures, and more. This year, Passport’s workshops will be dedicated to training on the new claims system and provider portal.

Passport will offer training opportunities around the state of Kentucky:

  • Bowling Green – Tuesday, August 29, at the National Corvette Museum, 350 Corvette Dr.
  • Pikeville – Thursday, August 31, at the Hilton Garden Inn Pikeville, 849 Hambley Blvd.
  • Erlanger – Wednesday, September 6, at Receptions, 1379 Donaldson Hwy.
  • Paducah – Friday, September 8, at Baptist Paducah Church, 2501 KY Ave.
  • Ashland – Tuesday, September 12, at the Ashland Plaza Hotel, 1441 Winchester Ave.
  • Owensboro – Thursday, September 14, at Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn, 2840 W Parrish Ave.
  • Lexington – Tuesday, September 19, or Wednesday, September 20, at Fasig-Tipton Company, 2400 Newtown Pike
  • Louisville – Friday, September 22 or Monday, September 25 at Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Plaza 1, 4001 Dutchmans LN, St Matthews, KY 40207 or Wednesday, September 27 at Home of the Innocents 1100 Market Street, Louisville, KY 40206

All training workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time and will include lunch.

If a provider is unable to attend any of these dates, training webinars will also be offered on Tuesday, September 19, and Tuesday September 26, both at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

To register, providers should email their date/location to providerinquiries@passporthealthplan.com, or can go to the “Educational Resources” section of Passport’s website then click on Provider Workshops. For providers who have questions, they can call Passport Provider Services at (800) 578-0775.

 

Kentucky DMS posts Medicaid Address Change Form online for members who need it

Kentucky Unbridled Spirit logoThe Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has posted a Medicaid Change of Address form online for any Kentucky Medicaid member who needs to update their home address. The form is available by clicking here.

If DMS receives any returned mail from an address that is not current, members could be dis-enrolled from Passport (and lose all of their Passport-specific benefits). However, if this happens, the member will NOT lose their overall Medicaid eligibility; instead, they will remain eligible for Kentucky Medicaid and will be in the fee-for-service (FFS) category until their address is updated.​

If an address appears incorrect, the member will have the remainder of that month plus another month to update the address.

To update their address, the Kentucky Medicaid member just needs to print out the form, fill it out, sign it and either fax it to 1-502-573-2005 or send it by regular mail to Centralized Mail, PO Box 2104, Frankfort, KY 40601.

 

National Foster Care Month shines spotlight on 400,000 youth who need assistance

May is National Foster Care Month, when we pay special attention to the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care. There’s an overwhelming need for individuals, families, and communities to become involved as foster parents, respite providers, volunteers, or mentors of children who need an adult role model.

Passport works very closely with the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) to help increase the adoption or placement of children in DCBS custody. DCBS Commissioner Adria Johnson recently said that DCBS moved children 5,558 times last year.

The National Foster Care Month website is full of resources to help support children, youth, and their families, especially those involved in foster care. Some ways to help include the following:

  • Becoming a foster parent
  • Volunteering as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) for children
  • Being a mentor or “supportive adult” in a youth’s life
  • Joining or hosting a fundraising event
  • Donating services, goods, computers, etc. to older youth in foster care
  • Lending a hand to help current foster parents and caregivers with their day-to-day needs

Visit the section dedicated to communities and take the opportunity to learn more about how to become a foster parent or find other ways to contribute to the positive development of children and youth involved with foster care. You can also join Passport on the National Foster Care Month Campaign Facebook page, which is open to all individuals, organizations, groups, or agencies with an interest in foster care. The page is your place to share, learn, and promote events, resources, stories, and photos celebrating National Foster Care Month.

For more information, contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at NFCM@childwelfare.gov or call (800) 394-3366.

 

March of Dimes and others continue to help women reduce risk factors of premature births

HopeEvery expectant mother has an ideal vision of the birthing process, one that results in her holding her newborn in her hospital room with family gathered around.

But the reality is that premature births happen — and in Kentucky they happen at a rate 2 percent higher than the national average. When a baby is born prior to the 37th week of pregnancy, it is considered premature. There’s no official cause of premature birth, and the March of Dimes spends millions of dollars on research to determine ways to help mothers carry babies to full term births.

“The cause of premature birth is unknown,” Ryan Burt, Wellness Manager at Passport Health Plan, said in an Insider Louisville article. “There are certain risk factors that can lead to premature birth and we can tell women to be sure to lower their risk, but the actual reason is still unknown.”

To read more about this, please click here. To register for the March of Dimes’ biggest annual fund-raiser, the Greater Louisville March for Babies, on Saturday, May 13 on the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park, please click here.

 

Healthcare Leadership School Co-Founder Explains How Compassionate Program Was Formed

Insider Louisville LogoHanaâ Benjeddi is one of the founders of Healthcare Leadership School (HLS), an international organization that ignites the passions of the next generation of compassionate healthcare leaders.

Ahead of North America’s first HLS, which is cosponsored by Compassionate Louisville’s Healthcare Constellation and the University of Louisville School of Medicine and will be held June 10-18 in Leitchfield, Kentucky, Dr. Benjeddi looks back on how the organization came to be:

In 2011, a group of like-minded and ambitious medical students gathered and agreed that the current healthcare system was far from where they envisioned it. They realized that in order to change things, they, as a next generation of healthcare workers, must embody the change so that they can be living examples of our values. And so, HLS was born.

The first edition took place in The Netherlands and gathered 64 participants and 20 trainers, as well as speakers and volunteers. Through a public invitation in which hundreds of students were mobilized, they featured Dr. Patch Adams to the first edition as a doctor who truly walked his talk and served as an example of a different kind of working as a physician.

Two more editions followed in 2013 (The Netherlands again) and 2015 (South Africa), and now the organization is coming to the United States to meet in Kentucky in June. All in all, nearly five hundred students and young professionals from over 44 different countries have been a part of the Healthcare Leadership School community and now form a network of compassionate leaders poised to be the change they envision for the health of their own communities.

To read more, please click here. For more information on HLS-Louisville, please visit the Humans of Health website.