Health Policy

Outcomes of care for children in hawk-i: FFY 2003. Report to the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Momany, E.T.; Damiano, P.C.; Carter, K.D.


This report presents the results of an ongoing evalutation of the hawk-iprogram. Using enrollment and health care encounter data for federal fiscal year 2003 (October 1, 2002-September 30, 2003) HEDIS (Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set) measures were calculated. The rates of well-child visits in the first 15 months of life, well-child visits in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth years of life, use of appropriate medications for children with asthma, and children's access to primary care practitioners were calculated and compared across three health plans (John Deere, Iowa Health Solutions, and Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield). This research effort was sponsored by the Iowa Department of Human Services at the direction of the hawk-i Board of Directors and the Iowa Legislature. Data for the analyses were provided by MAXIMUS, the fiscal intermediary during fiscal year 2003. Data analysis and production of this report were completed by researchers at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center. None of the results express any opinions of the Iowa Department of Human Services, the hawk-i program, the participating health plans, or the University of Iowa. This project was not sponsored or conducted by the individual health plans providing services to hawk-i enrollees. The conclusions are the independent products of university research and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funding agency.