Patient-Centered Pediatrics: Coordinating Care for Kids
Most children’s health system experience is limited to the pediatrician’s office, but those with chronic or complex medical needs often deal with care that is fragmented, duplicative and crisis-driven. This leads to stress on families and wasteful utilization. For example, an estimated 20 percent of children’s hospital readmissions are preventable. Better care for these kids requires better coordination, and new encouragement is coming in the form of patient-centered care innovations and value-based payments.
This webinar, hosted by NIHCM Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics, highlighted efforts to strengthen care coordination for kids. Speakers discussed the following:
- an overview of the systems changes taking place in health care delivery for children, including the impact of the Affordable Care Act on children's health care
- national efforts to support medical homes for children, including State Innovation Model Grants focused on delivery system transformation in public programs such as Medicaid and CHIP
- a health plan program encouraging pediatricians and family doctors to coordinate care teams by offering enhanced earnings for better outcomes
- a value-based payment model that includes an inventive peer-learning initiative aimed at helping more practices achieve quality metrics