Implementation: The Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has encouraged provider implementation of the Bright Futures Guidelines through presentations at annual meetings and other chapter events. The chapter has worked with the Arkansas Medicaid office to ensure payment for Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment services according to the Bright Futures schedule.
Partnerships: The chapter participates in the statewide Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative. This initiative is part of an effort to improve the state's health care systems by expanding access to care, increasing the number of insured individuals, and improving the quality of care.
The chapter has been involved in the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) project. This project focuses on care coordination and practice transformation for practices serving Medicaid recipients, including pediatricians. The PCMH project helps pediatric practices improve their offerings of continuous care by ensuring that parents are engaged with providers and that families have access to specialists and other supports.
Trainings and learning collaboratives: The chapter's involvement in the PCMH project began during the planning process, when chapter leaders met with Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) officials to present pediatricians' perspectives and inform expectations for the effort. The chapter continues its work by offering peer-to-peer outreach and education to practices that are interested or already participating in the program. These activities include voluntary learning collaboratives, group sessions, site visits, monthly Webinars, and Web resources.
In July 2014, the chapter received a contract from DHS to continue providing these supports in conjunction with another DHS contractor, Qualis Health. The chapter will complement the work done by Qualis and give practitioners another opportunity to learn about and work with their peers. The chapter has worked with fellow pediatric organizations such as the American Academy of Family Physicians to expand the potential audiences for these services.