The current state of health for Georgia's children is unacceptable.

According to the 2011 Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Book, Georgia ranked 42 in the nation for overall wellbeing, based on ten key indicators.

And, according to the 2011 Commonwealth Fund State Scorecard on Child Health System Performance, Georgia ranks 43rd in the country overall, based on key indicators within Access and Affordability, Prevention and Treatment, Potential to Lead Healthy Lives and Equity.

A new future for Georgia's children, a new future for Georgia
As a coalition representing more than 1500 pediatric physicians and the five pediatric hospitals in the state of Georgia, we propose a new vision to transform care for Georgia's pediatric population. By uniting pediatric providers from across the state, we can create a new model for pediatric care that improves quality of care, manages costs and improves delivery effectiveness to improve children's access to specialty pediatric care across the state.

We propose building an integrated network of care using cutting-edge information technology and best practices in managing utilization of services - benchmarked against leading Medicaid programs.

With 1.3 million of Georgia's children covered by the Medicaid or CHIP programs, we believe we can make a difference in the lives of these children. We are working with the state to create a new model to begin this transformation of pediatric care based on four key principles:   


Recognize the unique healthcare needs of children and tailor Medicaid's payment and care delivery systems to achieve significant gains in children's health status.

Streamline Medicaid enrollment to facilitate access to pediatric health professionals who can have maximum impact on disease prevention and early-stage management.

Increase the quality of care using well-defined metrics while containing costs.

Broadly implement a patient-centered medical home with health professionals accountable for quality outcomes, cost containment and clinical efficiencies.

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