Policies For Care Coordination Across Systems: Lessons From ABCDIII

Posted on: June 13, 2012

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has released a new publication outlining the efforts of the Assuring Better Child Health and Development III (ABCDIII) project.  Five states (Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Oregon) have created new pilot projects designed to improve care coordination between primary care practices (PCPs) and social service and early intervention systems that serve infants and toddlers with or at risk for developmental delays.  One of the main focuses of these pilot projects is to increase and systematize communication between the PCPs and other care systems, especially with regards to referrals.

Illinois’ pilot project, Illinois Healthy Beginnings II, was highlighted for its efforts to improve communication between early intervention and PCP practices, even in cases where the referral did not originate with the PCP, and for having pilot practices adopt the innovative policy of telephoning parents within 36 working hours after a referral to find out if the parent intends to follow through. Learn more about IHB2 goals, activities, and innovations on the news and reports page.

Read the full May 2012 ABCDIII Policies for Care Coordination.  For more information on ABCD initiatives, visit the ABCD Resource Center on NASHP’s website.