Eileen Salinsky, MBA, Consultant
Originally developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics over 30 years ago to enhance services for children with special health care needs, the medical home model is now a widely recognized strategy to improve primary care for all children, as well as adults. Medical homes for children share many of the same characteristics, potential benefits, and implementation hurdles as those oriented toward adults, but pediatric medical homes pose some unique challenges for both practitioners and policymakers. This Forum session reviewed the current federal policy framework for pediatric medical homes, explored the implementation of medical homes in pediatric practices, examined Medicaid and private sector payment policies to promote medical homes for children, and considered the effect of these policies on children’s access to high-quality, cost-effective primary care.
Jennifer Baldwin, RN, MPA (bio)
Senior Vice President for Patient-Centered Medical Home
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
For a broader look at medical homes, see "Patient-Centered Medical Home: Research Results Mixed, Experience Yields Optimism" (Forum Session, September 13, 2013).