Sharing data across education and Medicaid agencies can greatly enhance state and local decision-making related to student health. Linking student attendance data with health data, for example, can provide a valuable tool for identifying and developing solutions to chronic absenteeism. However, understanding and effectively navigating each sector’s respective privacy laws–HIPAA and FERPA–can sometimes act as a barrier to effective collaboration. Many states and localities have developed strategies for successfully overcoming these challenges to allow data sharing across agencies.
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Hayley Love and Suzanne Mackey, School-Based Health Alliance
Rebecca Gudeman, National Center for Youth Law
GAO was asked to examine the extent to which Medicaid beneficiaries aged 20 and under receive health care services under the EPSDT benefit. The report offers six recommendations to CMS for improving oversight of beneficiaries’ receipt of necessary services and screenings.
Provides an overview of an innovative intergovernmental agreement between Chicago Department of Public Health and Chicago Public Schools that allows them to share their
data on an ongoing basis with a common vision of improving students’ well-being.
This blog post provides an overview of Washington DC's innovative data-sharing agreement that has improved coordination and delivery of services between the city's schools, the public health department and the Medicaid agency.
This Primer provides an overview of HIPAA, FERPA, and state law. The goal is to provide sufficient information for health care providers and schools to be able to start important conversations with legal counsel about which law applies to their services.