The 2015 Building Community-Based Medical Homes for Children newsletter is here!

Posted on: October 1, 2015

The Building Community-Based Medical Homes for Children newsletter is here!  It was published October 1, 2015.  The newsletter is mailed to all ICAAP members.  It is also available as a pdf. ICAAP has been working on several medical home initiatives over the past three years.  A few have been completed and results are summarized in this seventh edition of the newsletter.  Many other activities continue to support pediatricians, providers, and patients and families around the state.  Sara Parvinian, MD, FAAP, ICAAP pediatrician leader, offers a thoughtful commentary on what “medical home”  implementation has meant to her as a community pediatrician in Gurnee, IL as well as what it has done for patients.

This edition also features two articles on an Innovative Evidence Based Models for Improving the System of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) grant project, funded by the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.   The effort was implemented by ICAAP, in collaboration with the Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC), Illinois’ State Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) program.  This grant provided an opportunity to implement the IMHM™ with the Ambulatory and Community Health Network (ACHN), Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS), in Illinois. Fantus Health Center and Logan Square Community Health Center served as the lead ACHN sites.  The program received support from leaders and a program planning group including:  Denise R. Cunill, MD, Associate Medical Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics, CCHHS, Medical Director, Logan Square Community Health Center and Judy Neafsey, MD, Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics for ACHN and Medical Director, Stroger Specialty Care Center (retired).  ACHN quality improvement accomplishments are summarized.

The newsletter also reports on Esperanza Community Health Centers’ participation in a quality improvement Maintenance of Certification Part 4 activity to transition youth to adult health care.  ICAAP’s Transitioning Youth to Adult Health Care training has been well received by pediatricians, family physicians and patients.  We hope your practice takes advantage of the many resources developed for youth and families to facilitate a smooth transition to adult care.

ICAAP’s participation in the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Demonstration Grant ended February 2015.  You can read an interesting article that summarizes findings of practice self-assessments for 23 Illinois CHIPRA practices that completed the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2011 Standards survey in 2012 and again in late 2014.  Several medical home advancements occurred.  This newsletter also provides information and updates on Family Medicine’s Health is Primary campaign, coordinated efforts to impact health of obese children and the I-CARE Illinois immunizations system and registry.

Thank you for your ongoing interest and dedication to the advancement of medical homes.  If you or your practice would like information on how to participate in practice transformation, please contact Kathy Sanabria, MBA, PMP, Associate Executive Director, ksanabria@illinoisaap.com