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October 2014

Strategies for Strengthening Care Coordination in the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents
This guide, developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, provides four key strategies for state public health agencies to strengthen care coordination within services covered through this Medicaid benefit. These strategies have wide implications not just for state public health professionals but also for pediatric clinicians, practices, and family advocates.

New Pediatric Tools: Chronic Disease Prevention Toolbox
Created by the National Association of County and City Health Officials, this toolbox contains a variety of resources to help public health professionals prevent chronic disease. New resources related to childhood obesity are particularly relevant to pediatric clinicians and public health professionals working to integrate services to combat childhood obesity within medical homes and the community.

Tools for Clinicians and Community Members: Evidence-Based Programs for Adolescent Health
This guide, developed by the National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center, provides pediatric clinicians and family advocates with tools and resources necessary for the implementation of evidence-based adolescent health programs. Included are multiple examples of successful programs throughout the United States.

Toolbox for Advancing Children’s Coverage through Health Reform Implementation
A new resource from the National Academy for State Health Policy provides a centralized source of information and resources specific to children’s health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Technical assistance tools are available for state public health and Title V agencies interested in increasing coverage, particularly in preparation for the November 2014 open enrollment period.

Shared-Decision Making Strategies: Patient Decision Aids
A discussion paper published by the Institute of Medicine provides a definition of shared decision making in the context of health care and includes strategies for implementation and measurement of same in practice. Examples of legislature and state programs encouraging shared decision making in medical practice are included.

Resources for Pediatric Clinicians, Practices, and Families: Back to School Toolkit
Created by the Coalition for Healthier Schools, this toolkit provides information for parents as well as pediatric clinicians to ensure school readiness and healthy children. Included are recommendations for healthy school environments, particularly for children with asthma and allergy, which can be utilized by pediatric clinicians and practices to inform family advocates and communities.

Toolkit for Community Health Centers: Adolescent Transition of Care
Developed by the Iowa Primary Care Association, this toolkit provides a methodology for implementation of quality improvement projects focused on transitioning from pediatric to adult care in the context of a community health center. Additionally, tools and resources for pediatric clinicians and practice staff are provided.

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

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October 2014

Webinar: Tech This Out: Using Technology to Improve Health
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 12:30 – 1:30 pm EDT
Hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program, this webinar will provide details on how and why technology can be used in pediatric practices to enhance patient and family engagement. Faculty include current recipients of the CATCH grant program.
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November 2014

Moving Forward with Patient- and Family- Centered Care
November 3 – 6, 2014, Cambridge, MA
Presented by the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care, with leadership support from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, this three day intensive training seminar will encourage a comprehensive understanding of patient- and family- centered care, explore examples of innovation, and train participants on strategies to integrate this care within an organization’s quality and safety agenda.
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Patient-Centered Primary Care: At the Heart of Value and Quality
November 12 – 14, 2014, Washington, DC
Hosted by the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, this conference will convene leaders in patient-centered care to discuss topics such as practice transformation, primary care workforce, state perspectives on health reform, federal health care reform, and community partnerships.
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For a more detailed listing of upcoming conferences, webcasts, and other educational offerings, click here.

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Funding Awarded to Increase Access to Primary Care at Health Centers
The United States Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $295 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,195 health centers to expand primary care services. Funding will be allocated for hiring of new staff, expanded hours, and expanded care to include comprehensive primary care services such as oral health, behavioral health, vision health, and pharmacy. 

School Based Health Centers Can Function as a Medical Home
This article, published online in Pediatrics, describes results from a parent and adolescent survey, concluding that in a low-income, urban population, school-based health centers met the criteria of a medical home. Important implications are evident for pediatric practices and clinicians connecting families to community services for provision of comprehensive, coordinated care.

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

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Role of Hospitals in Medical Home Initiatives
This new issue brief from the National Academy for State Health Policy describes how hospitals are adapting to the payment and delivery system of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care. The brief identifies a role for hospitals within the PCMH model and opportunities for securing support and participation in this model.

AAP Child Health Mapping Project
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in partnership with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, has created a web-based geographic representation of child health in the United States. National and state specific data related to primary care including children per general pediatrician, percent of clinically active pediatricians who are female, percent of Hispanic children, and information on socioeconomic status of the pediatric population is available.

New Clinical Report: Out-Of-Home Placement for Children and Adolescents with Disabilities
Families of children and youth with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities partner with their medical homes to obtain services, navigate complex systems, and understand care options. This report, co-authored by the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children with Disabilities, discusses reasons families choose out-of-home placement for their children, types of care settings, barriers to placement, and the role of the medical home in these decisions.

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Building Your Medical Home: An Introduction to Pediatric Primary Care Transformation
Later this month, the National Center for Medical Home Implementation will release a new medical home resource: Building Your Medical Home: An Introduction to Pediatric Primary Care Transformation! This new resource will include downloadable tools for practice assessment, implementation of family-centered care, coordinated care, and management of patient populations. Visit the National Center for Medical Home Implementation Web site and sign up for the listserv to receive updates on the availability of this resource.

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