Forum Session

Implementing Pediatric Medical Homes: Challenges of Improving Primary Care for Children
November 8, 2013


Eileen Salinsky, MBA, Consultant


Originally developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics over 30 years ago to enhance services for children with special health care needs, the medical home model is now a widely recognized strategy to improve primary care for all children, as well as adults. Medical homes for children share many of the same characteristics, potential benefits, and implementation hurdles as those oriented toward adults, but pediatric medical homes pose some unique challenges for both practitioners and policymakers. This Forum session reviewed the current federal policy framework for pediatric medical homes, explored the implementation of medical homes in pediatric practices, examined Medicaid and private sector payment policies to promote medical homes for children, and considered the effect of these policies on children’s access to high-quality, cost-effective primary care.


Lee Partridge (bio)
Senior Health Policy Advisor
National Partnership for Women & Families

Richard C. Antonelli, MD, MS (bio)
Medical Director for Integrated Care
Medical Director Physician Relations and Outreach

Boston Children’s Hospital & Harvard Medical Schoo

Jeff Schiff, MD, MBA (bio)
Medical Director
Minnesota Health Care Programs
Department of Human Services

Jennifer Baldwin, RN, MPA (bio)
Senior Vice President for Patient-Centered Medical Home
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Related Materials

For a broader look at medical homes, see "Patient-Centered Medical Home: Research Results Mixed, Experience Yields Optimism" (Forum Session, September 13, 2013).

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