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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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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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