Measure Status: Active
Measurement Category: Category 1: measuring quantity of effort (counts and "yes/no" activities)
Service Type: Middle level: enabling services
Service Recipient: Activities directed to professionals
Goal: Annually increase the number of pediatric providers participating in a learning collaborative, education and/or statewide technical assistance.
Numerator: Number of pediatric providers participating in learning collaboratives, education and/or statewide technical assistance.
Denominator: Not applicable.
Significance: The medical home concept was introduced by the American Academy of Pediatrics almost 40 years ago with focus on the location of a child’s medical record, particularly a child with a special health care need. Since that time, medical home has expanded to be more of a home base for care delivered through a partnership between a healthcare provider and the child/family being served and has grown to encompass adult care as well. The original guidelines have been updated on several occasions and continue to stress care that must be accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective. Evidence continues to build that demonstrates the medical home approach to care shows associations pediatric medical homes and improved health outcomes, increase in family satisfaction with care provided and decreased healthcare costs.
The NPM focuses on the number of children having a medical home and the best way to ensure that children have access to providers practicing the components of medical homes is to focus on training, education and provision of technical assistance, with particular attention paid to providers within health care systems and medical training programs.
Data Sources and Data Issues: Numerator will be compiled from several data sources each fiscal year. The BFH funds a vendor to implement the PA Medical Home Initiative which focuses on building the number of medical homes available to children and youth with special health care needs. The vendor will report quarterly and annually the number of pediatric providers participating in any of the mentioned activities as an unduplicated number. Additionally, the Medical Home Program Project Officer will report on practices involved in these activities aside from those provided by the vendor as an unduplicated number.
Unit Type: Count, Unit Number: 10,000