News & Announcements
Free Pediatric Maintenance of Certification Transition Module Available
The University of California San Diego/Rady Children’s Hospital with the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) partnered with Got Transition to develop a new pediatric Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 Module on transition. The web-based activity – “Transitioning Youth from Pediatric to Adult-Centered Care – will evaluate adequacy of participant documentation of patients' transition from pediatric to adult centered care within the 6 Core Element framework developed by Got Transition: Center for Health Care Transition Improvement. Eligible participants include clinicians who actively evaluate pediatric patients with chronic diseases on a frequent enough basis to report data on 30 patient visits over a year period. This activity will provide MOC Part IV credits to participants who successfully meet completion criteria. To learn more about completion criteria and to register for FREE, email Kim Rose (KRose@naspghan.org) by March 31, 2017 and mention “GotTransition.org/UC San Diego/Rady Children’s Hospital."
Earn CME Credits in Transition
Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN) is offering a free online one-hour CME course on health care transition. The one-hour CME features the experiences of physicians in busy pediatric, family medicine, and internal medicine practices in the District of Columbia who successfully implemented the Six Core Elements using quality improvement methodologies. The course was developed in collaboration with The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health/Got Transition, HSCSN, and the DC Department of Health.
New National Young Adult Transition Advisory Group Formed
Got Transition has created a new National Young Adult Transition Advisory Group to advise the organization on young adult perspectives on health care transition. The advisory group consists of young adults with and without disabilities between the ages of 18-25 that come from diverse geographic locations and ethnic backgrounds. They all represent various state and national health-related organizations around the country. The Young Adult Transition Advisory Group will ensure that young adult consumer perspectives are included in Got Transition’s plans moving forward. They will help review tools designed to educate and inform young adults on the importance of health care transition, guide Got Transition’s social media platforms to relay important health care transition-related messages and resources to youth and young adults, and bolster Got Transition’s partnerships with their organizational affiliates.
ACP Releases New Transition Tools for Pediatric to Adult Health Care Transition
Dr. Wayne Riley, the President of the ACP, and Dr. Carol Greenlee, the chair of ACP’s Transitions Initiative, announced the release of specialized toolkits to facilitate more effective transition and transfer of young adults into the adult health care setting at the ACP’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The new transition toolkit contains condition-specific tools, including transition readiness assessments, self-care assessments, and medical summaries customized from Got Transition’s Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition. Transition tools are available for the following subspecialties and diseases: general internal medicine (intellectual/developmental disabilities and physical disabilities), cardiology (congenital heart disease), endocrinology (type 1 diabetes, turner syndrome, growth hormone deficiency), gastroenterology (inflammatory bowel disease is coming soon), hematology (general hematology, sickle cell disease, hemophilia), nephrology (end-stage renal disease), and rheumatology (juvenile idiopathic arthritic, systematic lupus erythematosus). This ACP Transitions Initiative was a collaborative effort with Got Transition/Center for Health Care Transition Improvement, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
Two Reports on 32 States Selecting Health Care Transition as a State Public Health Priority
A new Got Transition report, “State Title V Health Care Transition Performance Objectives and Strategies: Current Snapshot and Suggestions,” analyzes the FY 2016 State Title V Action Plans from the 32 states that have selected transition as one of their priorities to address over the next five years. The report offers specific suggestions for 1) aligning transition objectives with the new transition measure in the upcoming National Survey of Children's Health and the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition, and 2) selecting measurable strategies related to expanding availability of adult providers, assessing health care transition implementation, and increasing quality improvement and educational efforts using the Six Core Elements.
Got Transition has also released a report, “Aligning National Title V Performance Measures on Transition, Medical Home, Preventive Care, and Insurance: Suggested Strategies for States,” which offers strategies to state Title V agencies and their partners on linking performance improvements and innovations for transition with medical home, adolescent well care, well care for women, and adequate health insurance.
Tip Sheet for Adult Providers Integrating Young Adults with ID/DD into Their Practice
Got Transition has released a new tip sheet to guide adult health care providers in receiving new young adult patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) into their practice. Written by Dr. Carl Cooley of Crotched Mountain Foundation and Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and Dr. Thomas Cheetham of Tennessee’s Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Vanderbilt University, this resource provides suggestions for preparing the office and staff for welcoming new young adults with ID/DD, including training and consumer engagement. It also offers tips for what to do before, during, and after the young adult’s first visit. Click here for the tip sheet.
Updated Coding and Reimbursement Tip Sheet for Transition Available
Got Transition, with the American Academy of Pediatrics, developed a transition payment tip sheet to support the delivery of recommended transition services in pediatric and adult primary and specialty care settings. The new tip sheet describes innovative payment methodologies and a comprehensive listing of transition-related CPT codes with corresponding Medicare fees, effective as of 2015. Click here for the tip sheet.
Tip Sheet Available for Transition Improvement Process
A practical set of steps and lessons learned for starting a Transition Improvement process is now available. These tips have been learned from transition improvement projects across the country. They are intended for use by pediatric, family medicine, and internal medicine primary care and specialty practices as well as by health systems, health plans, and payers in concert with the clinical tools and measurement resources available at Got Transition. Click here to access this new information.
Incorporating Transition into Epic Electronic Health Record Software: A Survey of Expert Users
Got Transition’s newest report, Incorporating Transition into Epic Electronic Health Record Software: A Survey of Expert Users, discusses ways of incorporating the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition into Epic. This report is only available to Epic users and can be accessed using your Epic UserWeb login credentials by clicking HERE.