Brief Focuses on How the Medical Home Model Has Benefitted Adolescents

December 20, 2011

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Medical Home Innovations: Where Do Adolescents Fit? presents a picture of how the medical home model has addressed adolescents (ages 12 to 21) and how their unique health care needs are -- and are not -- being incorporated into transformation activities. The issue brief, published by the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, is based on interviews with senior leaders from 12 medical home programs across the United States comprising public, private, and multi-stakeholder initiatives. Topics include efforts to enhance client-provider relationships and strengthen client engagement, the use of physician-led teams, the principle of whole-person orientation, care coordination or integration across the health care system and the client's community, evaluation to assess effectiveness, enhanced access to care, and payment for excellence. Progress and challenges are discussed. The report is available at the link above.