State at a Glance: Wyoming
Wyoming is featured in the following reports from the National Evaluation:
- Evaluation Highlight No. 6: How are CHIPRA quality demonstration States working together to improve the quality of health care for children?
- Implementation Guide 2: Designing Care Management Entities for Youth with Complex Behavioral Health Needs
Learn more about Wyoming’s CHIPRA quality demonstration projects on this page:
Wyoming is working with Maryland (one of the 10 grantees) and Georgia in an innovative multi-State learning collaborative, led by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), to implement a comprehensive provider-based model of service delivery for youth with serious behavioral health challenges. The three States represent diverse geographic areas and Medicaid structures and a range of experience in using the model, known as a care management entity (CME).
Wyoming is the only State in the tri-State partnership that did not have a Care Management Entity (CME) in place before the CHIPRA grant award. Consequently, it will work with the other two States and CHCS to develop and implement one. By doing so, Wyoming aims to improve: 1) access to home and community-based services; 2) clinical and functional outcomes; 3) cost outcomes; and 4) family and youth resiliency for children and youth with serious behavioral health needs.
Assessing a Provider-Based Model of Care
CMEs utilize the wraparound practice approach, which includes the following activities: a youth-guided, family-driven, individualized, and strengths-based service planning approach that is coordinated across agencies and providers; intensive care coordination; peer support; and home- and community-based services as alternatives to costly residential and hospital care. In 2011, the three partner States implemented the necessary project planning tool developed by CHCS to quantifiably measure their collaborative-wide goals and determine which data are available.
Specifically, Wyoming's work includes:
- Developing a CME model for the State.
- Implementing a CME approach to serve 100 high-utilizing and/or at risk for high-utilizing Medicaid and CHIP children.
- Ensuring the CME utilizes or interfaces with Wyoming's total health record (THR) for health home and electronic health record (EHR) functions.
- Identifying psychotropic prescribing practices for 100 percent of youth who may be served through the CME.
- Ensuring psychotropic prescribing practices for 100 percent of youth served by the CME.
Using Health Information Technology (IT) to Improve Child Health Care Quality
To support enhanced care coordination, Wyoming is (1) integrating an electronic health record (EHR) into its total health record (THR) system and (2) making the THR system accessible to CME operations. The goal of the THR is to incorporate selected quality measures and track access to services. Wyoming expects that the system will improve transparency and consumer choice and provide families and providers with the information needed to obtain and use services appropriately. In addition, Wyoming is utilizing telehealth services with providers to support behavior/mental health assessments and screenings in order to ensure best practices and adhere to Wyoming State standards in prescribing psychotropic medications.
The national evaluation team will gather information from Wyoming to address a wide range of questions about the implementation and outcomes of its efforts, including:
- How did participation in the tri-State partnership help the development and implementation of Wyoming's CME model?
- To what extent did Wyoming's efforts to expand the CME model improve quality of care for youth with serious behavioral health challenges?
- Does the implementation of the CME model lead to more efficient provision of support and treatment (e.g., reduced duplication of effort/financing)?
- What are the key lessons from Wyoming's experience that would be useful for other States— especially rural States—that would likely improve care for youth with serious behavioral health challenges?
This information is current as of February 2014, slightly more than 4 years after the grant award. To learn more about the projects being implemented in Wyoming under the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program, please contact:
CHIPRA Grant Manager
Wyoming Department of Health
To learn more about the CHIPRA CME Quality Improvement Collaborative, visit www.chcs.org/info-url_nocat3961/info-url_nocat_show.htm?doc_id=1250388 or contact Dayana Simons at firstname.lastname@example.org.