The Commonwealth Fund Connection
Rates of Parent-Centered Developmental Screening

Although experts in pediatric care recommend that all young children undergo screening for developmental problems, less than 20 percent of U.S. children under age 6 received a parent-completed screening at the request of a health care provider. A new study by Commonwealth Fund vice president Melinda K. Abrams and former vice president Edward L. Schor, M.D., and colleagues found that high-risk children who are screened are more likely to receive early intervention services than their unscreened high-risk peers.

The authors of this Commonwealth Fund–supported article on the State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) initiative at the midpoint of the four-year mobilization effort to reduce 30-day rehospitalization rates in Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Washington. STAAR is fostering partnerships among hospitals and their community-based partners to improve provider communication at critical transitions in patient care.

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