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posted on April 16, 2012 05:56

Three Idaho pediatric medical practices have been chosen to take part in a project to improve the quality and access of medical care for children with complex medical needs.  Primary Health Medical Group – Pediatrics (Boise), St. Luke’s Developmental Pediatrics (Boise), and Coeur d’Alene Pediatrics (Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Hayden) clinics have been selected to participate in the Children’s Healthcare Improvement Collaboration (CHIC) Project through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Medicaid.

The CHIC project is being funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with a $10.3 million grant from the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA). The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Utah Department of Health received the grant to improve health care quality and delivery systems for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The grant is part of $100 million in federal funds awarded to 10 states to help establish a national quality system for children’s health care through Medicaid and CHIP.

Beginning May 2012, the three Idaho pediatric clinics will test the effectiveness of having a “medical home” coordinator in primary and specialty care practices. The medical home model focuses on patient and family-centered care; improving the quality of, and access to, care; and coordinating care across specialties and disciplines.

“The Patient Centered Medical Home model is the future of primary care” said Terence Neff, M.D., President of Coeur d’Alene Pediatrics. “We understand that the best medical care is provided when we make the child and family our main focus.  Through the Patient Centered Medical Home model we can see how the disease affects the child as well as the entire family.  Our treatment plan can then include many factors that affect the child’s health that are not normally considered under the old medical model of care.”

Dr. David Peterman, M.D., President of Primary Health Medical Group, says the grant provides a Medical Home Coordinator to manage complex medical cases so families can get the most from appointments with specialists and receive better coordinated care for their child. The grant also provides the clinics an opportunity to learn how be more efficient and organized in working with families for optimal care. 

“Children with complex medical concerns require a high level of coordinated care to ensure they receive the appropriate treatment at the proper time,” says Peterman. “The Patient Centered Medical Home model provides the support that these families need - monitoring and managing the complex nuances of their child’s care – under the guidance of one Physician Leader for the patient.” 

The money also will help Idaho and Utah implement and evaluate provider performance measures and use health information technologies such as statewide pediatric electronic health records for children with chronic and complex conditions. The grant continues through February 2015.

For more information about the program, please contact the Idaho Division of Medicaid through Public Information Officer Tom Shanahan at 334-0668 or go online to www.CHICproject.dhw.idaho.gov. Contact information for the three Idaho practices chosen to participate:

  • Primary Health Medical Group – Pediatrics (Boise), Dr. David Peterman, (208) 377-4400
  • St. Luke’s Developmental Pediatrics (Boise), Dr. J.T. Leavell, (208) 381-7312
  • Coeur d’Alene Pediatrics (Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Hayden), Dr. Terence Neff, (208) 667-0585