California’s Shortage Of School Nurses Covered by California Healthline

A new national pediatric guideline proposes that every school have a nurse on staff. In California, 57 percent of school districts do not employ nurses.

In an article that focuses on new recommendations that call for every California school district to have a school nurse on site, California Healthline examines the extreme shortage of school nurses in schools throughout the state and covers the pitch for mandating an improvement.

Financial barriers are the chief obstacle to raising the numbers of school nurses statewide, and while mandating this requirement may provide some funding for this purpose, there are developing changes to California’s LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option Program that may also bring in increased federal funding that can be used by schools to hire more nurses.

California is currently working to implement the federal government’s repeal of the Free Care rule which previously restricted reimbursement for health services provided to Medi-Cal students who do not have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). These ongoing efforts include a State Plan Amendment (SPA 15-021), state-led work to update the LEA Billing program’s Provider Manual to remove language referencing the old policy, and stakeholder collaboratives aimed at addresssng the transition to school-based billing for expanded health services.

Read the article: California’s Glaring Shortage Of School Nurses | California Healthline