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PREP, CHA, PNMI, Pediatric Rapid Evaluation Program, private non-medical institutions, comprehensive health assessment

Publication Title

Improving Health Outcomes for Children Evaluation


The purpose of this study was to inform IHOC program planning with baseline data on the health care use and expenditures of MaineCare children in the foster care program in general and to compare use and costs for foster care children that receive comprehensive health assessments through the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center’s Pediatric Rapid Evaluation Program (PREP), and those that do not. In 2011, other organizations including Key Clinic at Penobscot Pediatrics in Bangor and the Portland-based Spurwink Services program also began conducting comprehensive health assessments for children in foster care. However, because of the timing of this study, this report only analyzes children that received comprehensive health assessments through the PREP program.

Funding Organization

The study was funded by a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through Section 401 (d) of the Child Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA).



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