Improving Health Outcomes for Children (IHOC)
Under the IHOC initiative, the state has contracted with Maine Quality Counts to provide quality improvement support to improve health care for children and to use the QC infrastructure to support the development of a Maine Child Health Improvement Partnership and to develop a sustainable system of quality improvement (QI) support for health care providers in the state. Click here for more information.
First STEPS 2014 Training Opportunity to
Improve Developmental and Autism Screening in Primary Care Practices
Maine Quality Counts (QC) will be offering Developmental Screening Regional Training sessions for primary care practices to improve developmental and autism screening in conjunction with the PCMH/Health Homes Regional Forums in the spring of 2014. QC is leading this effort within the Improving Outcome for Children (IHOC) Program led by MaineCare, as part of the “First STEPS” (Strengthening Together Early Preventive Services) Learning Initiative, a comprehensive effort to provide outreach, education, and quality improvement support to primary care practices to improve rates of Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) services.
Screening for developmental delays and autism in early childhood is a key step to identify issues and to initiate treatment to increase the likelihood that all children will be ready to learn by the time they enter school. Additionally, practices participating in the MaineCare Health Homes initiative are expected to conduct periodic developmental screenings for children, and beginning in January 2014, this screening will be required for Health Homes participation. The rates of developmental screening for children ages by ages 1, 2 and 3 years will be collected from MaineCare claims as a Health Homes quality metric.
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Quality Counts For Kids Staff
Amy Belisle, MD, Director of Child Health Quality Improvement
email@example.com | Phone/Fax: (207) 847-3582
Sue Butts-Dion, First STEPS Program Manager, Quality Specialist
firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (207) 283-1560
Jeanne Mathews, QC for Kids Administrative Coordinator
email@example.com | Phone: (207) 620-8526 ext. 1017 | Fax: (207) 620-8538
Nan Simpson, MSW, Program Manager, Developmental Systems Integration (DSI-SAIEL)
firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (207) 441-3722