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Strategies from ABCD III States

Posted on: December 5, 2012

The newest ABCD publication “Supporting Healthy Child Development through Medical Homes: Strategies from ABCD III State” is now available on NASHP’s website.  This issue brief describes four ways Oregon, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Illinois, and Arkansas have worked to improve care coordination for children through ABCD III by bringing an explicit focus on children to their states’ medical home initiatives.  To read the entire brief, click here.

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ABCD III Final Report

Posted on: November 8, 2012

Illinois Healthy Beginnings II (IHB2) is coming to an end.  IDHFS and ICAAP have released  a final report outlining some of the project’s major accomplishments and achievements.  Over the past three years, the Illinois ABCD III has achieved significant milestones.  Some of these accomplishments include systematizing the communication loop among primary care providers (PCPs), community service providers (CSP) and  EI.  This was accomplished  through implementation of a care coordination that includes the use of referral and feedback forms.  In addition to designing a curriculum for pediatricians engaged in the pilots, IHB2  obtained approval from the American Board of Pediatrics to provide Maintenance of Certification (MOC) part 4 credit for PCPs who participate.  Furthermore, IHB2 has designed (and is now working to implement) a cross-system electronic interchange of EI data and PCP information that will allow statewide, secure referrals and feedback between the providers and has collaborated with Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the proprietor of the Statewide Provider Database (SPD), to provide PCPs and CSPs easy access to community resources for their patients via the Medicaid provider portal.To read the entire report on the IHB2 lessons learned and accomplishments, click here.

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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.

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Advocacy Success: Providers Can Continue to Use CPT Code 96110 to Bill for Developmental Screenings

Posted on: February 3, 2012

In late 2011, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Final Rule to stop covering services associated with CPT code 96110, a code used to bill for developmental, behavioral and psychosocial screening. Since Medicaid and private pay systems often depend on Medicare payment rules, concern existed that CMS’ decision could impact children enrolled in Medicaid and in private health insurance plans.

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Innovation Brief: Building Electronic Information-Sharing Systems to Support Care Coordination in Illinois

Posted on: December 9, 2011

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is beginning a series of Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) III Innovation Briefs that will focus on promising methods states use to improve care coordination and service linkages to support healthy child development. Illinois Healthy Beginnings II (IHB2) was highlighted in the November 2011 briefing, the first in the series. It focuses on electronic information-sharing systems that Illinois is building or adapting to improve care coordination for children with or at risk of developmental delays.

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New Web-Based Training for Standardized Illinois Early Intervention Referral Form

Posted on: August 16, 2011

ICAAP’s projects “Coordinating Care between Early Intervention and the Primary Care Medical Home” and “Illinois Healthy Beginnings II” have worked to bridge systemic care for young children at risk for developmental delay. Both projects have developed tools and resources to improve care coordination and access by working with primary care providers, Early Interventionists, and families throughout Illinois. Two tools, “The Referral Fax Back Form” for Early Intervention Service Coordinators and “The Standardized Illinois Early Intervention Referral Form” for primary care providers, were developed in the Coordinating Care project and reached wider implementation with IHB2.

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