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doc111Physicians, other primary care providers and office staff can find resources and tools that can help you work “smarter,” not harder, for your pediatric patients, especially those with developmental delays, disabilities and chronic health conditions, and their families.

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What is a Medical Home?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believes that all children, particularly children with special health care needs, should have a medical home. A medical home is not just a place, it is a “family-centered way” of providing comprehensive primary health care services in a coordinated manner.

Primary health care providers, medical specialists, and community service providers partner with families to optimize the child’s health and development, and assist with accessing services as close to home as possible.

Families whose children receive comprehensive, coordinated care through a known and trusted primary care provider report greater satisfaction with the care, fewer emergency room visits, fewer parental days of lost work and other benefits.

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Other Pages of Interest

  • Health and Developmental Monitoring
    Information, resources, and practice tools reviewed by a Developmental Pediatrician to help you and your families optimize well-child care, preventive care and developmental monitoring. Includes pages on Vision, Hearing, and Growth.
  • Resources and Support
    Identify key statewide resources that can help families or visit the Services by County page to print county-specific lists of community services and supports.   Keep updated through the conference calendar or list of free e-newsletters and listservs.
  • Families
    Information for your families who children with special needs about partnering with their providers, accessing services including family support, and more.
  • State Initiatives
    Learn about what is happening in Washington State to support medical homes, health care transformation, and improving services for children and youth with special health care needs.