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December 2014

Patient-Centered Medical Home Resource Center
Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, this electronic resource center provides tools and resources related to specific aspects of patient-centered medical homes such as comprehensive care, coordinated care, accessibility of services, quality, and safety. Implementation resources are also included such as archived webinars and case studies.

Tools for Pediatric Clinicians: Transitions to Adult Care
The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality offers this online collection of resources to assist pediatric medical homes in providing their patients with a smooth transition experience to adult care. Included are sample policy forms and transition checklists from existing practices.

Online Medical Home Education Course for Pediatric Clinicians
Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this new and improved online course assists pediatric clinicians in creating plans for practice improvement in order to transform into a pediatric medical home. The EQIPP: Medical Home course provides opportunities for self-assessment in order to evaluate your practice capacity and readiness for transformation.  

Recommendations for States: Sustaining Multi-Payer Medical Home Programs
Published by the National Academy for State Health Policy, this briefing summarizes data from an online database of state medical home information, as well as extensive state experience, to offer seven recommendations for states seeking to sustain multi-payer medical home programs beyond the pilot phase.

New Opportunities to Increase Health Insurance Enrollment of People with Disabilities
The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC), in collaboration with the American Association on Health and Disability, has announced funding for eleven Community Outreach Collaboratives (COCs). Each COC will increase collaborations and dissemination of outreach efforts to enroll people with disabilities in the Affordable Care Act. To find out information about each COC, including contact information, visit the NDNRC Web site.

Resources for Clinicians: Addressing Maternal Mental Health in Pediatric Medical Home
Created by the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, this report identifies maternal mental health as a major indicator of a child’s early development and subsequent health outcomes. The report includes information about the role of pediatric providers within a medical home in early detection of maternal mental health challenges and recommendation for action.

Literature Review: Family-Centered Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Published by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, this report provides a comprehensive literature review related to multiple aspects of family-centered care for children and youth with special health care needs. Topics include unmet needs and satisfaction of families; outcomes of family-centered care and medical homes; family-provider partnerships; care coordination; and cultural competence

Shared Decision Making Toolkit
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published a collection of training guides, tools, videos, and presentation materials from a workshop focused on promoting family-centered care and shared decision making within a medical practice. Materials can be used to educate pediatric practices working to implement and enhance shared decision making and family professional partnerships.

For a more detailed information on Implementation Resources, click here.

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January 2015

AMCHP 2015: United to Build Healthier Communities
January 24 – 27, 2015, Hyatt Regency, Washington DC
Join the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) for its annual conference, bringing together leaders in maternal and child health including state Title V agencies, grantees, and Maternal and Child Health Bureau National Centers. Don’t forget to visit the National Center for Medical Home Implementation exhibit table throughout the conference.
Additional Information about the AMCHP 2015 Annual Conference

February 2015

Blueprint for Success: The Pediatric Medical Home is Here to Stay
February 6, 2015, Orlando, FL
This American Academy of Pediatrics conference will examine transforming practices into a medical homes – maximizing both quality of care and profits. Faculty will debunk some common misconceptions about the medical home model, describe national policy perspectives shaping the movement, and offer practical guidance and tools necessary to make the transformation a reality. Register by January 12 for early-bird rates.
Additional Information about the Blueprint for Success Conference

National Health Policy Conference
February 9-10, 2015, Renaissance Washington, DC
This national conference, organized by AcademyHealth, provides an opportunity to discuss the nation’s health policy agenda. Breakout sessions will focus on implementation of the Affordable Care Act and system transformation, providing valuable information to pediatric medical home stakeholders.
Additional Information about the National Health Policy Conference

For a more detailed listing of upcoming conferences, webcasts, and other educational offerings, click here.

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Standards for Health Insurance Provider Networks: Examples from States
Published by Families USA, this new brief describes state efforts to ensure that health insurance networks meet consumers’ needs. The brief profiles states with exceptional laws, regulations, and guidance of network adequacy protections such as accessible hours, cultural competency, continuity of care, and timely access to care.

2014 Annual Report on the Quality of Care for Children in Medicaid and CHIP
Published by the Department of Health and Human Services, this report provides an overview of state specific information related to the quality of health care received by children who are covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Information on services provided to children and youth with special health care needs is included.

The Safety Net Medical Home Initiative: Transforming Care for Vulnerable Populations
Published in Medical Care, this article reports on results from a four-year medical home demonstration project targeting health clinics serving low-income communities. Results show that although challenges and barriers to transformation exist, clinics were able to make considerable progress toward medical home implementation.

For a more detailed information on National Pediatric Medical Home Initiatives, click here.

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ABCs of Quality Improvement: Education Opportunity
The Family Voices National Center for Family and Professional Partnerships (NCFPP) and the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) are pleased to offer ABCs of Quality Improvement, a 6-session webinar course, as an opportunity for family leader-led teams to learn an effective quality improvement process and apply it to a real-life project. The course will take place February through May 2015. Applications are due December 19, 2014. Find out more information about the ABCs of Quality Improvement from Family Voices.

Progress and Promise: Profiles in Interprofessional Health Training to Deliver Patient-Centered Primary Care
Published by the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, this publication highlights how programs in seven states train multidisciplinary health care professionals in the provision of team-based care within the context of patient-centered medical homes. Common elements of all training programs such as integration of behavioral health, focus on family-centered practices, among others, are presented alongside lessons learned and practical strategies for team-based care implementation in practices.

New Quarterly Newsletter from the Coordinating Center for Children and Youth with Epilepsy
In 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics was selected as the Coordinating Center for Children and Youth with Epilepsy (Center) under Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The Center provides continuous learning opportunities for MCHB grantees and many pediatrichealth professionals. One of learning tools the Center offers is a quarterly newsletter that includes important information on Center activities, medical home resources, grantee achievements, forthcoming events and more! View the December issue of the Center's quarterly newsletter and contact for more information.

Supporting State Strategies to Design and Deliver Whole-Person Care in Ambulatory Settings: RFA
The National Academy for State Health Policy, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Fund, has announced an opportunity for six states to participate in a learning collaborative which will offer technical assistance to states as they develop and implement programs to integrate primary care, behavioral heatlh, and social services for individuals with chronic medical conditions and comorbidities. View the Request for Funding and informational webinar about this opportunity on the NASHP Web site.

Recommendations for Children's Vision and Eye Health Systems
The National Center for Children's vision and Eye Health has published a set of recommendations which provide an evidence-based approach to vision screening in preschool aged children. The recommendations papers are published through the Journal of Optometry and Vision Science and focus on recommendations for pediatric practices, proposed data systems, and proposed data defintions.

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NEW: Affordable Care Act Fact Sheets for Families
Created by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the Catalyst Center, these four plain language fact sheets explain specific provisions of the Affordable Care Act which benefit children and youth with special health care needs. Topics include:

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