Frances Chalmers, MD, FAAP
As this is being written many WCAAP members are spending a day at SeaTac sharing in the learnings of the Pediatric Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (P-TCPI) at the second annual Learning Forum. If you were not able to make it please keep a mental note of the timing (Friday towards the end of September) for next year. Peds-TCPI is just an example of the many changes afoot in Washington State around health care transformation. Healthier Washington (from our Health Care Authority) and the Transformation Support Hub (Qualis Health and the University of Washington) are other Washington State initiatives working together to support and guide clinicians in the transition to improved community health.
WCAAP is contributing to this work at both the state policy and practice support levels. We are working to influence policy makers by educating them about pediatric needs in health care and how they are often different from adult needs. Additionally, WCAAP is contributing to this work to empower you and your region to get the important resources you will need to make change in your own practice.
WCAAP staff and members have put together several tools to help you transform your practice. These include:
- An Introduction to Value-Based Payment/Care – it puts the concept into more concrete and understandable terms.
- Transforming Pediatric Practice: Helping You Reach Your Goals – Beth Harvey and Francie Chalmers’s guide offers a step-by-step look through the process of working to meet some of the key practice quality measures soon to be required by Medicaid.
- The pediatric Behavioral Health Toolkit – includes a variety of resources to help a practice establish strong referral relationships with behavioral health providers and move into behavioral health integration (BHI).
- Webinar recordings on Practice Transformation.
Later this month, WCAAP will release a guide to help primary care providers establish behavioral health specialists within their clinic walls and inform the regional Accountable Communities of Health as they develop BHI projects. We hope you find these resources useful for your practice.
Please join us November 4 at our Pediatric Population Health Forum in SeaTac for in-person education and dialogue on these very matters – how to tailor value-based payment for children and pediatric care, how to positively impact social determinants of health and how to integrate behavioral health care.