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The Pediatric Medical Home and EHDI: An Important Piece of the Puzzle

Presented by: Jack Levine, Karen Munoz and Rachel St. John

The Medical Home is a model of family centered primary care that provides community based comprehensive services. The ideal medical home concept of accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective care has been championed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is what many health care providers strive to achieve. Primary care providers can play a critical role in the EHDI process supporting families; coordinating rescreening, interfacing with subspecialists and collaborating with Early Intervention, audiologists and EHDI officials to provide optimal care for infants with hearing loss and their families.

This session will help parents, physicians, audiologists, EI providers, EHDI officials and others to understand the role that primary care providers and the Medical Home can play in the EHDI process to reduce loss to follow-up and documentation and improve care. Information will be provided on how to engage the Medical Home in meaningful collaboration and how EHDI providers can assist the Medical Home in being more responsive and helpful. Challenges and future directions for this important aspect of EHDI will be discussed.

Tentative schedule:

1:00 PM - 1:50PM

Understanding the Medical Home: An Overview of the EHDI Puzzle
Jack Levine, MD AAP Task EHDI Task Force

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Engaging the Medical Home: Texas EHDI Pilot Project
Rachel St. John, MD Texas AAP Chapter Champion

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Teaching the Medical Home: What primary care doctors know, don't know and need to know
Karen Munoz, Ed.D, CCC-A, Utah State University

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

The Future of EHDI and the Medical Home: Challenges and Successes
Karen Munoz, Rachel St. John and Jack Levine