Monday, April 23, 2012

N.J. Aims to Build Better System of Care

New Jersey is looking to extend the concept of Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) to serve the developmentally disabled, which includes individuals with Down's syndrome and autism.
The coordinated care offered by a PCMH should be a natural asset for this vulnerable population, which is typically served by numerous professionals, from speech and physical therapists to psychiatrists and cardiologists.
Now the Arc of New Jersey and other organizations serving the developmentally disabled are looking to formalize their efforts at care coordination by getting recognized as PCMHs by national standards-setting bodies whose goal is improving quality and patient outcomes.

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