Definition: Percentage of children ages 0-17 with special health care needs who receive coordinated, ongoing, comprehensive care that meets the American Academy of Pediatrics 'medical home' standards (e.g., in 2009-2010, 38.3% of California children with special health care needs received care within a medical home).
Data Source: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health, National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs; as cited in Children with Special Health Care Needs in California: A Profile of Key Issues, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (Jan. 2013).
Footnote: Children with special health care needs are defined as those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally. The American Academy of Pediatrics defines a medical home as a model of delivering primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective. For more information, see http://www.medicalhomeinfo.org. Five of the seven components of medical home and the presence of a personal doctor or nurse are assessed by the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. To qualify as having a medical home, a child must have a personal doctor or nurse and meet the criteria for adequate care on every needed component.