Practice Transformation Resources

Dramatic changes in health care are driving transformation in pediatric care. Public and private payors have tried new payment strategies—increasingly moving from fee-for-service to bundled payments or paying for value that is measured and reported in multiple ways.  Although the specifics of future payment may be unclear, it seems certain that fee-for-service will no longer dominate as the main payment arrangement. Motivation for these changes in large part reflects demands to cut the growth in health care expenditures—to achieve the triple aim of better health, better quality, and lower cost.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified the following 3 priority areas for supporting members with practice transformation:

  • Population Health and Community Integration—Support members to enhance practices for managing the health of populations of patients and expand the practice team to include families and a broader range of professional and services.
  • Payment reform—Support members to successfully participate in and thrive in emerging value-based payment systems.
  • Use of Technology—Support members to leverage technology, beyond EHRs, in providing quality care, empowering families and demonstrating value.

Below are some Alabama Chapter-AAP and AAP resources, which will continue to be updated to meet your needs.

Patient-Centered Medical Home

What is a Patient-Centered Medical Home?

The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care for children, youth and adults. The PCMH is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family. 

Joint Principles of the PCMH

Personal physician

Physician-directed medical practice

Whole person orientation

Care is coordinated and/or integrated across all elements of the complex health care system

Quality and safety are hallmarks

Enhanced access to care is available 

Payment appropriately recognizes the added value provided to patients who have a patient-centered medical home.