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Data Needs for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Cynthia Shirk of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spoke of its plans to convene a group to consider whether it would be possible to develop a set of core national performance measures for SCHIP that would be easily administered. Such an effort is clearly needed, not only to provide national data, but also to provide the state programs a set of benchmarks against which they can compare their own data. Evidence was presented that seemed to indicate that the numbers of enrollments were increasing and that the numbers of disenrollments were decreasing. However, there has been little change in the rate of enrollment as of a point in time. The workshop discussions helped to put into perspective some of the measures that are needed to improve this situation.