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Pediatric Care Coordination: The Business Case for a Medical Home

  • Donald E. Lighter
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)

Abstract

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) have complex health care issues that require multiple providers, as well as numerous procedures and medications that potentially can interact with each other to endanger health and safety (Chapter 5). The American Academy of Pediatrics created the Medical Home program in 1992 in a policy statement that defined the concept and recommended an infrastructure for children with conditions that fit the special needs criteria. That policy statement was updated in 20021 to include several enhancements (with emphasis on the concept of the Medical Home for ALL children) and specifying the following list of services provided:
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    Family centered care

     
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    Unbiased and clear information

     
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    Primary care, in the broadest definition

     
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    Assurance that care for acute and chronic conditions is continuously available

     
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    Continuity of care, including transitions to other providers

     
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    Appropriate and timely referrals to pediatric medical and surgical specialists

     
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    Interaction with early intervention programs

     
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    Care coordination

     

Keywords

Electronic Health Record Electronic Record Health Information Technology Electronic Health Record System Paper Chart 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald E. Lighter
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.The Institute for Healthcare Quality Research and EducationKnoxville
  2. 2.College of Business AdministrationUniversity of TennesseeKnoxville

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