Coordinating Care Trainings

Coordinating Care between EI and the Primary Care Medical Home: The Program

Coordinating Care between Early Intervention (EI) and the Primary Care Medical Home (The Coordinating Care Program) aims to overcome barriers to referral and care coordination for children eligible for EI services. The program includes three target audiences: primary care providers, Illinois EI staff, and Part C providers in other states looking for new resources. By participating in the trainings, participants will learn helpful strategies to coordinate care, streamline the referral process, improve communication, save time, and provide higher quality care and EI services; parents will be more satisfied with the care they receive through their primary care medical homes; and children will receive more timely and coordinated services that will improve health and developmental outcomes.

Coordinating Care between EI and the Primary Care Medical Home is funded by The Commonwealth Fund (2008 to 2011) and developed by the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in collaboration with Advocate Health Care’s Healthy Steps for Young Children Program, the Illinois EI Bureau, and the Illinois EI Training Program.

Coordinating Care between EI and the Primary Care Medical Home: The Trainings

The Illinois Chapter, Advocate Health Care, and the Illinois Early Intervention Program are proud to announce a new training series developed as part of The Coordinating Care Program.  The new trainings are designed for Early Interventionists and other Part C staff. They address common barriers that service coordinators and EI therapists face when trying to communicate with a medical provider. The trainings utilize new tools developed by The Coordinating Care Program to improve care coordination, timeliness of services, access to documentation from the primary care provider, and improved patient outcomes. These trainings complement the primary care trainings already available for Illinois pediatricians and family physicians, as well as their office staff, on developmental screening and care coordination.

NOTE: The primary care trainings are located on the Enhancing Developmentally Oriented Primary Care website. There are two trainings: 1) Coordinating Care between Early Intervention and the Primary Care Medical Home and 2) Developmental Screening and Referral. If you are a primary care provider wishing to access these trainings, visit the EDOPC website to register.

The new trainings highlighted below qualify for EI Continuing Education credit in Illinois. Part C providers outside of Illinois may submit their certificates for approval in their states. States requiring additional information to approve the credit may contact Susan Connor, M.Ed. at The Illinois EI Training Program (sconnor@illinoiseitraining.org). While these trainings may be helpful for primary care providers, they are not the intended audience. Doctors, nurses, and other medical providers will not receive CMEs for the four courses listed below; to complete the primary care training visit the EDOPC website.

The first training is designed for Illinois EI providers, with specific information and resources for our state. This training has been approved by the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program for 1.25 contact hours in the area of Working with Families. It consists of two twenty minute presentations.

The second training adapts the Illinois training for a national Part C audience, providing information for participants to utilize these resources in their own states. This training may qualify for 1 credit of EI continuing education, per your state’s determination. It consists of two twenty minute presentations.

The third presentation trains participants to use the new “Standardized Illinois Early Intervention Referral Form.” This resource is designed for medical providers and other EI referral sources. It guides the referring party to include the information EI providers need, without overwhelming extraneous information. This form also includes a consent for Early Intervention to release information to the medical provider, increasing service coordinators’ access to medical records. This activity has been approved by the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program for .5 contact hours in the area of Working with Families.

The fourth, and final, presentation in this series provides training on the “Illinois EI Referral Fax Back Form.” This resource is designed for EI staff. It provides succinct and actionable information on the status of a referral back to the primary care provider. This allows medical home staff to follow-up with a family that is difficult to contact, provide medical information if needed, and follow-up with children who have a developmental delay, but do not meet EI’s eligibility criteria. This activity has been approved by the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program for .5 contact hours in the area of Working with Families.

Illinois welcomes other states to adapt these trainings and forms for their benefit. Part C providers in other states wishing to adapt the “Standardized Illinois Early Intervention Referral Form” or the “Early Intervention Referral Fax Back Form” for their states must request permission from ICAAP in writing. E-mail Jodie Bargeron, Manager for Medical Home Initiatives to make a request.

We hope you enjoy these new trainings and resources.

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For more information on Coordinating Care with EI trainings, please contact:

Rachel Sacks, MPH
Manager, Early Childhood Development
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Phone: 312/733-1026, ext. 208

E-mail: rsacks@illinoisaap.com