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•Translate successful practice
innovations across practice settings
and help bring them to scale to
enhance pediatric care.
• Link payment reform to optimal
health care for all children and
to financially viable pediatric
practice, and educate pediatricians
to take an active role in health
system reform to make payment
work for pediatrics and child
• Make new technologies that enhance pediatric practice, including telehealth, understandable and
available to pediatricians, and help
pediatricians respond to the opportunities and challenges of these
• Develop a technical assistance
package for practice change
that the Academy can deliver to
pediatricians in diverse practice
settings and that will assist them
to respond appropriately to the
changing health care environment.
• Contribute to the AAP leadership
effort by targeting specific
leadership skills that will empower
pediatricians to participate in and
lead practice change.
To accomplish this, the Academy is
working on national, state and practice
levels. A few of the key activities
underway include monitoring
value-based payment mechanisms.
In early work, the Academy has
commissioned a study of five pediatric
accountable care organizations,
with a report expected shortly. AAP
State Government Affairs (http://
bit.ly/1DAP5Ur) actively monitors
Medicaid and other state payment
initiatives. In addition, a series of
webinars highlighting successes and
lessons learned in Medicaid reform is
At its first meeting in late June, task
force members reviewed key AAP
activities related to change, especially
financing, Medicaid changes,
telemedicine and community health.
For its initial work, the task force
chose four main activities:
• Develop a glossary of terms to
provide a shared language of
practice and payment change and
• Build a new service for members to
address telehealth implementation,
providing advice and guidance in
such areas as equipment, liability,
payment, staffing and marketing.
The telehealth service started in
early September with a broader
announcement at the National
Conference & Exhibition in
• Update members regularly in
AAP News (of which this is the
first article), describing key topics
that members should know to take
an active role in change in their
practices and communities.
•Collaborate with the staff in
community pediatrics to organize
a conference of best practices with
the goal of bringing to scale what
has worked well for clinicians
addressing practice change.
Change. Dr. Johnson is chair of District
VII and the Advisory Committee to the
Board on Practice.
• For more information on practice transformation, visit http://bit.ly/1IKzHoM.
• Email ideas, questions, comments and
advice about ways the Academy can
help members address these critical
changes and make them most effective for pediatric care to Trisha Cal-abrese at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Perrin Dr. Johnson