This community pediatric practice is participating in the "Early Access to Care AZ" initiative. This initiative convenes regional multidisciplinary teams of child health professionals led by a pediatrician. Teams work together to conduct early screening, diagnosis, and treatment of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the context of the medical home model of care. Although this practice worked specifically with children and youth with ASD, the team's pediatric medical home implementation strategies can be utilized by clinicians and practices caring for children and youth with a variety of special health care needs.
- Form a multidisciplinary and cross-agency team of professionals who care for children and youth with special health care needs.
- Facilitate team trainings on medical home implementation, screening, and follow-up for children and youth with special health care needs.
- Organize teleconference appointments with specialists for patients and families.
American Academy of Pediatrics