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UMHS, M-CARE partner to run Kids Care

The U-M Health System (UMHS) and M-CARE have teamed up as the sole owner and administrator, respectively, of Kids Care, a state- and federally funded managed care plan that coordinates health care for chronically ill children and adults throughout Michigan.

Kids Care serves medically eligible children enrolled in the Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) program who have certain chronic illnesses or handicaps, as well as some adults who have cystic fibrosis or hemophilia.

Kids Care has more than 2,500 members in 38 counties in Michigan. The program focuses on improved care coordination and the delivery of high-quality, community-based health care services. M-CARE currently is planning efforts to improve Kids Care and will open the program to new enrollees in spring 2003.

The program formerly was owned by UMHS and the Henry Ford Health System jointly. Kids Care recently entered a new phase with UMHS as sole owner and M-CARE as administrator.

"The University of Michigan and M-CARE are committed to the Kids Care health plan and look forward to working with the state to add value to all the families involved," says Jane Finn, program manager for Kids Care. "We hope to continually improve member and provider services, and the program will also undergo several enhancements."

Michigan is the only state with a specialty managed care plan designed specifically for people enrolled in the CSHCS program. CSHCS is located within the Michigan Department of Community Health.

For more on Kids Care, visit http://www.med.umich.edu/kidscare or call (888) 588-8543.

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