When we help children stay healthy, we also affect behavioral, educational and economic outcomes. That’s real impact and value. To get there we must update pediatric primary care payment methods. A series of three summer webinars sponsored by the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (CHDI) and designed by Commonwealth Medicine health policy experts will help set the stage for that transformation.
Inspired by a 2018 report co-authored by Commonwealth Medicine health policy experts, the webinars are intended to create a forum to share information and advance problem solving among child health policy supporters and advocates.
- Pediatric Outcomes Measures, June 18, 2019, 1-2 pm ET: Examining what are the appropriate outcome measures to motivate the transformation of pediatric primary care and monitor its impact. Featuring Kelly Kelleher, MD, Columbus Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and David Keller, MD, Colorado Children’s Hospital.
- Cross-Sector Collaborations, July 18, 2019, 2-3 pm ET: Discussing how to harness the power of collaboration across various care sectors that, together, contribute to children’s health and well-being.
- Approaches to Pediatric Primary Care Payment Reform, August 8, 2019, 1-2 pm ET: Exploring payment innovations designed to create the incentives and financial support to transform pediatric primary care, forge effective cross-sector collaborations and achieve desired individual, family and population health outcomes.
In 2018, CHDI and the Connecticut Health Foundation (CHF) convened a multi-stakeholder study group to consider payment methods that could transform pediatric primary care to better promote lifelong health and well-being and overall population health. Two Commonwealth Medicine experts, Robert Seifert, executive director for Health Law & Policy, and Hilary Deignan, senior policy analyst, Health Law & Policy, co-authored the study group’s report. Published in February 2019, Transforming Pediatrics to Support Population Health: Recommendations for Practice Changes and How to Pay for Them, includes a set of recommendations from the study group.
Seifert and Deignan led the development of the pediatric payment reform webinar series based on the report recommendations. The webinars are sponsored by CHDI and made possible by funding from the Connecticut Health Foundation and Children’s Fund of Connecticut.
Seifert and Deignan are part of Commonwealth Medicine’s Public & Private Health Solutions team.