The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently named Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics as top in the state for their Patient Centered Medical Home initiative.
A Patient Centered Medical Home is an organizational setting in which a patient’s entire medical needs are addressed, including preventive services, illness management, chronic disease management, emotional support and more.
At the Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics practice, medical home coordination includes everything from disease management, making appointments with specialists, dealing with insurance companies, or even securing travel resources. Liz Nace, medical home coordinator, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group, describes the initiative as “all encompassing” and “whatever the family needs.”
Having a medical home model in place is a new approach to care. By providing the entire spectrum of health and wellness services a patient may need, the patient’s entire health is addressed.
“We keep a registry of kids that have special healthcare needs, whether it be asthma, ADHD, weight management, Spina Bifida, or something else,” said Nace. “Part of my job, in conjunction with our team of providers, is to make things easier on the patient and their family by helping to navigate their healthcare journey.”
The pediatrics group became involved in the initiative in late 2011 and the program has dramatically grown since then.
“All of our providers are deeply involved,” said Kim Bressler, practice manager, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group. “We have nearly 350 kids on our registry right now, and I’m so proud that all of the hard work we’ve put in to this program is paying off for our patients.”
Nace agrees, and can even relate on a personal level.
“I’ve stood where these parents have stood. Having a child with special healthcare needs can be challenging and frightening, and as a parent, you need somewhere to turn. My three-year-old son, Hunter, was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, and I didn’t have resources like these when he was born. It would’ve taken a lot of stress off of me if I had a network like this,” she said.
Click here to read more about the Patient Centered Medical Home initiative and to see the group featured as this quarter’s top location.