Passport Health Plan Supports Foster Care Children and Their Families

Passport logoIt’s well documented that children in foster care are high utilizers of a variety of health-related services, and that foster care alumni have poorer long-term outcomes compared to their peers. That’s one reason why Passport Health Plan launched a pilot program in March 2015 to turn around negative outcomes for this population.

As documented in an article on the national website of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Passport got things started by partnering with three state agencies – the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS), the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), and the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID). Together we created a pilot program that would use the wraparound process (an intensive, individualized care management process for youths with serious or complex needs in which various individuals from various areas come together to help care for the youths) to provide intensive home- and community-based interventions to foster care children and their families. Children admitted to the program are at risk of being moved from their foster home due to behavioral health needs.

Passport entered into agreements with two providers, ResCare and Seven Counties Services (now Centerstone of Kentucky), to act as Intensive Care Management Organizations (ICMOs). The ICMO assigns each family an Intensive Care Coordinator, who facilitates the Child and Family Team and assists the team in developing and carrying out a coordinated care plan specific to the needs of the child and family. Each family also gets assigned an Intensive Home-Based Therapist. Therapy can be discontinued at any point after the initial assessment period.

As of Nov. 10, 2016, 55 youth have participated in the program and there’s been statistically significant improvement in functioning during participation. Passport monitors for signs of stability post-discharge (such as reduced cost of behavioral health utilization, reduced number of foster home placements, etc.), and has already seen how the program has been quite successful for some families.

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Passport Health Plan Creates Collaborative Intensive Health Program in Hardin County

logoPassport Health Plan has initiated a new collaboration with Intensive Health, a team-based practice in Hardin County to help Passport members receive a holistic, intensive, medical-home type of care utilizing wraparound services. Passport is doing this because we believe the level of intensity and coordination of this program better matches the health needs of some of our members. This will empower them to better manage their health, which will improve the overall health and quality of life for our members in the program.

The practice comprises of a team health care professionals, social workers, and health coaches working together to coordinate care and empower the members to achieve and exceed their health goals. It is a small practice that can focus on each member’s individual health care needs, making same-day appointments to ensure they have complete access to their health care team.

Among the goals of the program are that it will:

  • Improve the health and quality of life of members suffering from multiple chronic conditions
  • Help members define and achieve their health goals
  • Ensure that members receive the one-on-one attention needed to manage their conditions and improve their quality of life
  • Ensure that members receive appropriate preventative services
  • Reduce the need for members to use Emergency Room services or otherwise be admitted to the hospital

The office is located in Elizabethtown under the practice of Dr. Thomas Ingram. For any questions, please call (270) 765-5900.