November 17, 2008
Vol. I, No. 8
Head Start on Medical Homes
With help from the Colorado Medical Home Initiative and a $1.2 million HHS grant, Colorado State University will arm Head Start families in Colorado with information about how to improve their health and to better access healthcare. The culturally sensitive program will educate families in Spanish and English to help parents better understand healthcare, health warning signs, when to take a child to the doctor, and the benefits of nutrition and exercise. Professors working under the grant hope to reduce the number of unnecessary trips to the ER, reduce parent's stress over healthcare, improve the health and well-being of families, reduce medical expenses and reduce the number of parental sick days and days children miss in Head Start.
By working with the Colorado Medical Home Initiative, the group also hopes to increase connections between the healthcare and educational systems that support children and their families.
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HealthSounds Podcast: Guided Care vs. PCMH — Enhancing Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Multiple Chronic Conditions
Dr. Chad Boult, professor of public health, medicine and nursing and director of the Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, describes the motivation behind medical home transformation and previews the training and support that his organization will deliver in 2009 to selected medical practices hoping to transform themselves into medical homes and enhance care for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions. He also describes nurses' response to the Guided Care Model.
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AMA Endorses PCMH Joint Principles
The AMA has joined the AAFP, AAP, ACP and the AOA in adopting the "Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home." The principles include guidelines for the coordination of care to improve the patient-physician relationship, quality and safety, access to care, and the payment model for coordinated services. The AMA will continue to study the patient-centered medical home with particular emphasis on funding sources and payment structures.
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The Medical Home: Disruptive Innovation for
a New Primary Care Model
Deloitte Center for Health Solutions examines medical home models, their savings potential and the implications for policymakers and key industry stakeholders. The white paper also offers compelling arguments for medical home adoption.
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