The Commonwealth Fund Connection

The Commonwealth Fund Connection is a roundup of recent Fund publications, charts, multimedia, and other timely content. 

  • July 9, 2010 Issue

Colorado Children's Healthcare Access Program: Helping Pediatric Practices Become Medical Homes for Low-Income Children

The Colorado Children's Healthcare Access Program (CCHAP) is a nonprofit organization created to address barriers that have prevented private pediatric and family practices from accepting children enrolled in Medicaid and providing them with a medical home. CCHAP helps pediatric practices meet the state's medical home certification and receive enhanced reimbursement from Medicaid, while providing them with an array of support services, including care coordination, a resource hotline, and billing assistance. According to this case study, children covered by Medicaid and with a medical home in a private pediatric practice supported by CCHAP visit the emergency department less often, have more preventive care visits, and are less expensive for the state Medicaid program than children in non-CCHAP-affiliated practices.

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