Statewide Planning: The Medical Home Model
Robert F. Anderson, MD
In January 2001, the Iowa chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (IACHAAP) hosted an afternoon dialogue about implementing a "medical home" model for all children in Iowa. Amy Gibson of the AAP was the keynote speaker and facilitator. The timing was fortunate, since at that time the Iowa Academy of Family Practice (IAAFP) was in the process of planning an April conference that would also focus on this concept.
At the April conference, representatives from physician organizations, provider groups, third party payers, and Title 5 funding streams continue to identify barriers to children's health care, and further the viewpoint of the medical home model as a sound foundation for effective services. Since Healthy Iowans 2010 has also committed to the medical home model, discussion should lead to action. (For more information about the concept of the "medical home," see insert page 2.)
As primary care practitioners, keep up with these efforts and assess the medical home that you provide to the children you serve. Let the
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