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The District of Columbia Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) has awarded a new five-year contract for the Child and Adolescent Supplemental Security Income Program (CASSIP) to Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc. (HSCSN)

May 05, 2022

The District of Columbia Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) has awarded a new five-year contract for the Child and Adolescent Supplemental Security Income Program (CASSIP) to Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc. (HSCSN). HSCSN is part of the HSC Health Care System, which is a subsidiary of Children’s National. 

HSCSN has provided health plan coverage for the past 27 years to children and young adults up to 26 who live in Washington, D.C., and have received Supplemental Security Income. The plan offers Medicaid benefits and services to beneficiaries, including care management, behavioral health services, wellness programs, respite care and medically necessary home modifications. 

The HSC Health Care System is a key part of the District’s health care community. It includes a pediatric hospital, outpatient therapy center, skilled nursing facility, home health services and a health plan (HSCSN). HSCSN has grown and evolved by leveraging its learnings and industry best practices to strengthen the care and services of CASSIP enrollees and their caregivers.

In 2019, the HSC Health Care System affiliated with Children's National to create the only pediatric-focused, accountable care enterprise in the region. The affiliation will help HSCSN transform CASSIP to best support children and young adults with complex health needs. 

"Our collective mission is to coordinate innovative, high-quality, community-based care for individuals with complex needs and their families. It is at the heart of everything we do,” says Anna Dunn, president and CEO of HSCSN.

It’s longstanding relationships with providers and social service agencies in the district positions HSCSN to provide tailored support for CASSIP enrollees. Through quality metrics and evidence-based protocols, HSCSN aims to improve quality, lower expenditures and deliver better care to patients.

“The evolving environment of accountable care and value-based payments has escalated the importance of effectively and efficiently coordinating evidence-based, high-quality care,” said Nathaniel Beers, M.D., president of HSC Health Care System. “HSCSN has been refining this type of care coordination for children with special health care needs for nearly three decades.”

Media contact: media@childrensnational.org


About The HSC Health Care System

The HSC Health Care System is a 138-year-old non-profit health care organization committed to serving people with complex health care needs and eliminating barriers to health services. The System combines the resources of a pediatric specialty hospital, home health agency and rehabilitative therapy centers to offer a comprehensive approach to caring, serving and empowering people with disabilities. Learn more about The HSC Health Care System.


About Children’s National Hospital

Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, D.C., was established in 1870 to help every child grow up stronger. Today, it is among the nation’s top 10 children’s hospitals. It is ranked No. 1 for newborn care for the fifth straight year and ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National is transforming pediatric medicine for all children. The Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus opened in 2021, a first-of-its-kind pediatric hub dedicated to developing new and better ways to care for kids. Children’s National has been designated three times in a row as a Magnet® hospital, demonstrating the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty care locations in the D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Virginia. Children’s National is home to the Children’s National Research Institute and Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. It is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. As a non-profit, Children's National relies on generous donors to help ensure that every child receives the care they need.

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