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									Background Brief Executive Summary Medical Home
This background brief presents an overview of the status of user friendly communitybased systems of services for children and youth with special health care needs in Maryland. This document was developed as background material for the November 6th and 7th, 2008 Maryland Community of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Summit. The federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, together with its partners, has identified six core outcomes as critical indicators of success in implementing community-based systems of services for all children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in accordance with Healthy People 2010 and the President’s New Freedom Initiative. Using the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s six core outcomes as a framework, the Summit agenda focuses on information-sharing, problem-solving, and consensus building around needed systems change for CYSHCN in Maryland. This background brief relates to Core Outcome #2: CYSHCN receive coordinated ongoing comprehensive care within a medical home. What is a Medical Home? A medical home is not a building, house or hospital, but rather an approach to providing health care services in a high-quality and cost-effective manner. Children and their families who have a medical home receive the care that they need from a pediatrician or other pediatric primary health care provider whom they trust. Pediatric health care providers and parents act as partners in a medical home to identify and access all the medical and non-medical services needed to help children and their families achieve their maximum potential. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), care in a medical home is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective. In 2007, the AAP, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) used this concept of the medical home to develop a set of joint principles that describe a new level of primary care which they call the Patient-Centered Medical Home. The PatientCentered Medical Home (PC-MH) is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care for children, youth and adults. The PC-MH is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family. The principles of the PC-MH include an ongoing relationship with a personal physician; a physician-directed medical practice; a whole person orientation to care; care that is coordinated and/or integrated across all elements of the complex health care system and the patient’s community; quality and safety, enhanced access to care, and payment that appropriately recognizes the added value of a PC-MH. Why is a Medical Home important? A medical home is especially important for CYSHCN and their families. Due to complex conditions and multiple needs, these children and families often require help finding resources, setting priorities, and coordinating care with a variety of providers. This must occur in the face of rising health care costs, complicated service systems, and dwindling

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health care coverage. Available evidence on medical homes for CYSHCN supports a positive relationship between medical homes and desired outcomes such as better health status, timeliness of care, family centeredness, and improved family functioning. In addition, evidence shows that care delivered by primary care physicians in a PatientCentered Medical Home is consistently associated with better outcomes for adults, reduced mortality, fewer preventable hospital admissions for patients with chronic diseases, lower utilization, improved patient compliance with recommended care, and lower Medicare spending.

Who are Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs? The federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau defines CSHCN as those who have or are at increased risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally. An estimated 15.5% of Maryland children ages 0-17 have special health care needs, corresponding to almost 217,000 children (National Survey of CSHCN, 2005-06). Medical Home in Maryland – What Do We Know? National Survey of CSHCN 2005-06 The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs is a national telephone survey that provides information about CYSHCN in all 50 States and the District of Columbia. In each state, in-depth interviews were conducted with the parents of 750 to 850 CYSHCN. Data from the NS-CSHCN is used to monitor progress on the core outcomes. Key findings related to medical homes:  Maryland ranked 38th among the states for success in Core Outcome #2  Hispanic and Black, non-Hispanic children, uninsured children, and those in families with incomes less than 200% FPL were least likely to report care consistent with a medical home The following are the indicators used to measure Core Outcome #2 on the NS-CSHCN: Indicator Core Outcome #2: CYSHCN receive coordinated, ongoing, comprehensive care within a medical home. CYSHCN ages 0-17 who have usual source(s) for both sick and well care. CYSHCN ages 0-17 who have a personal doctor or nurse CYSHCN ages 0-17 who have no problems obtaining referrals when needed CYSHCN ages 0-17 who receive family-centered care from health providers CYSHCN ages 0-17 who receive effective care coordination Maryland % 45.6 93.7 95.8 29.1 59.9 45.6 Nation % 47.1 92.9 93.5 26.0 62.4 46.0

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Maryland Medical Home Survey 2006 The 2006 Maryland Medical Home Survey was a non-randomized survey of 501 parents and caregivers whose CYSHCN received respite care funded by OGCSHCN through local health departments. This survey gathered information about access to specific components of care consistent with the medical home model. Some key findings:  87% of respondents indicated that they had never heard the term “medical home”  Only 43.5% of respondents indicated that they usually or always share decisionmaking with their child’s PCP  Almost 75% reported that their child’s PCP usually or always helps with or manages all aspects of their child’s care (ex. finding specialists, therapists, or mental health services)  Only 33% of respondents indicated that their child’s PCP has developed a plan of care that is shared with other providers/organizations involved in their child’s care  Half of the respondents reported that their child’s PCP never provides information about public resources such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, Early Intervention (ITP) programs, and respite  1 out of 5 respondents reported lack of availability of their child’s PCP or someone in the practice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 52 weeks per year  Over 40% of respondents indicated that their child’s PCP never communicates with other providers, such as other health care, education, or day care providers involved with their child’s care  Almost 90% of respondents said it is usually or always clear that their child’s PCP genuinely cares for the child and family’s well-being based on the way the doctor acts and speaks  Over 92% of respondents indicated that their child’s PCP usually or always recognizes and respects their child and family’s cultural background with respect to beliefs, rituals, and customs The Parents’ Place of Maryland Survey of Parents of CYSHCN 2006 The Parents’ Place of Maryland conducted a survey to obtain information about the impact of caring for CYSHCN. Responses were obtained from 250 parents across Maryland using Survey Monkey and on paper. Some key findings related to medical home:  Over 30% of parents reported that they or other family members spend 10 or more hours per week arranging or coordinating their child’s care  Over 32% of parents reported that they never get professional help coordinating their child’s care or treatment services  For those who have received professional help with care coordination, the majority (almost 65%) report receiving this from a doctor’s office  Only 24% of parents reported that they are extremely or very satisfied with the help they receive in coordinating their child’s care

Maryland American Academy of Pediatrics Focus Groups on Medical Home 2005 Focus groups were conducted in 5 regions of the state with physicians, parents, and other professionals. Some key findings from the physician groups:  Most physicians reported that they enjoy caring for children with complex needs

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 The greatest barriers to caring for CYSHCN reported by physicians were time and money; caring for CYSHCN takes more time than caring for a child without special health care needs, and much of this time is either not reimbursed or inadequately reimbursed by insurance companies. Examples included the time needed for extended visits, making referrals, refilling prescriptions, writing letters of medical necessity, communicating with other providers, and generally coordinating care. Physicians noted problems communicating with specialists, community agencies, and multiple insurers. Although they thought it was a good idea, physicians reported that they don’t have information on community resources in their offices; they either don’t know how or don’t have the staff to get it, display it, or keep it updated

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Medical Home in Maryland – What Are We Doing? Leadership and Policy  The Office for Genetics and Children with Special Health Care Needs (OGCSHCN) in the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is charged with implementing the national agenda and core outcomes for CYSHCN, including medical home, in Maryland  Supported by the OGCSHCN, The Parents’ Place of Maryland (PPMD), and The Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Maryland Medical Home State Plan was developed in 2006 with stakeholder input. A Medical Home Leadership Team began work on selected components of the plan and OGCSHCN hired a Medical Home Projects Coordinator in 2007 to oversee implementation of the plan and related activities. The plan includes the following goals: o Increase awareness and understanding of the medical home concept for families and pediatric health care providers o Increase awareness and understanding of practice management strategies that support medical homes for CYSHCN (ex. coding practices, scheduling, care coordination) o Improve the ability of pediatric health care providers to connect CYSHCN and their families with needed state and local resources o Improve the capacity of individual pediatric primary care practices to provide care consistent with the medical home model using quality improvement methodology o Enhance communication and collaboration between the medical home and multiple Maryland agencies that serve CYSHCN and their families o Improve the capacity of medical homes to advance the other Healthy People 2010 objectives for CYSHCN (ex. early and continuous screening, transition to adulthood)  While some of the specific activities from the state plan have been implemented, the Medical Home Leadership Team has been on hiatus in recent months due to loss of staff support.

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Family and Provider Education and Training  The Medical Home Leadership Team developed medical home brochures for families and pediatric primary health care providers; these have been disseminated through multiple mechanisms including mailing to all pediatricians and family practitioners in the state  PPMD created a 10-minute video entitled, “Effective Doctor’s Visits” that gives families concrete tips on how to be better partners in their child’s care. This video is available on DVD and has been distributed to both parents and providers, potentially for use in waiting rooms.  “Extreme Medical Home Makeover” was a unique educational program piloted by the Medical Home Leadership Team in 2007, targeting a small group of pediatricians and key office staff. It was a series of 4 learning and sharing sessions over a several month period aimed at providing participants with concrete tools and strategies to enhance the provision of high quality primary care for CYSHCN. Participants had the opportunity to hear from experts, engage with peers in a small group format, and receive materials such as care notebooks for their practice.  In 2005-06, Maryland participated in the Medical Home Learning Collaborative II sponsored by the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality. In this project, a Maryland State team supported one pediatric primary care practice team to study, test, and implement medical home improvements using the framework of the Care Model for Child Health in a Medical Home. The Maryland practice team tested/implemented changes in most of the Care Model components and had self-rated improvements on the Medical Home Index in virtually all areas. A spread strategy based on the experience in this project was incorporated into the Medical Home State Plan.

Service Identification and Coordination  Baltimore City Health Department’s “Medical Homes Project”, supported by OGCSHCN, uses strategies based on the success of the pharmaceutical industry in “getting in the door” at medical sites and sharing its messages and products to engage Baltimore City pediatric primary care practices with the staff of public health programs (ex. Infants and Toddlers, Healthy Start, Childhood Asthma Program) to share information/resources, to make personal contacts, and to identify ways the systems of care can coordinate efforts for the children that they serve. The goal is to help these medical homes to become better sources of information and support for families of CYSHCN  OGCSHCN supports gap-filling care coordination for CYSHCN in 14 local jurisdictions. Most jurisdictions have relationships with and receive referrals from local primary health care providers. Due to many years of level funding, the capacity of local health departments to provide this service has greatly diminished. The Coordinating Center has been working with OGCSHCN and local health department staff to develop a process and tools to improve consistency in the practice of care coordination across jurisdictions as well as a uniform reporting system to monitor outcomes.  OGCSHCN has developed the templates for a customizable care notebook for families of CYSHCN, available on the web.

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Direct Services  The Complex Care Program at Children’s National Medical Center supports medical homes by bridging and filling the gap between primary care providers and tertiary services provided by the medical center. Both clinical and care coordination services are offered. This program receives funding from OGCSHCN.  Johns Hopkins University, supported by OGCSHCN, is attempting to develop a sustainable medical home model, focusing first on high prevalence, high impact and/or high cost conditions including asthma, ADHD, and sickle cell disease. This model will be developed and evaluated in the Harriet Lane Clinic and will involve: 1) case management; 2) feedback to providers about medication refills and health care utilization based on insurer data; 3) enhanced specialistgeneralist communication; 4) targeted interventions with high-utilizing children and 5) improved services to facilitate transition of adolescents with special needs to adult health care providers.

What Do We NOT Know About the Status of Medical Home in Maryland?  How many pediatric primary care practices in Maryland would be considered high quality medical homes for CYSHCN?  What activities are occurring in the adult health care arena around medical home development/improvement that would be of benefit to medical homes for CYSHCN?  What are pediatricians and family practitioners in training in Maryland learning about the medical home model?  Do public and private agencies that provide care coordination for CYSHCN in Maryland perform this service in conjunction with a child’s medical home?  Are any Maryland insurers supporting medical home improvement through specific reimbursement strategies?

To Be Discussed in Summit Work Groups What is missing, i.e. did we miss major data or activities? Assessment of current status: where is Maryland in regards to medical home and what are the challenges to progress? What are Maryland’s strengths and opportunities for improvement? Recommendations for action strategies

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