Monthly Archives - April 2016

Cesarean Delivery

This article presents new research and strategies to safely reduce the rate of primary Cesarean delivery. One out of three deliveries is by Cesarean.  In certain situations, Cesarean can be life-saving for both mother and baby.  But Cesarean deliveries aslo carry greater risks for mothers—research has shown that women who deliver their first baby by cesarean are more likely to need blood transfusions and be admitted to the ICU than women who have a vaginal delivery.  In addition, after that [...]

STAR Kids 101: Learn the Basics

What is STAR Kids? STAR Kids will be the first Medicaid managed care program in Texas specifically serving youth and children who get disability-related Medicaid. Texas Children’s Health Plan STAR Kids program will provide services, including  long term support services (LTSS), for members ages 20 or younger who either receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Medicaid or are enrolled in the Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP).  Children and youth who receive services through other 1915(c) waiver programs will also receive their [...]

Battling Abuse: Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. As we learn more about the relationship between adversity in childhood and its negative effects on adult health outcomes, the early identification and intervention for children who are victims of abuse becomes increasingly important.  Although there are over 2 million reports of suspected child maltreatment per year, victims of child abuse continue to pass through physician offices, emergency departments, and hospitals unrecognized.  These same children, often return with more severe injuries.  Physicians [...]