Definition: Percentage of children ages 0-17 with special health care needs who receive coordinated, ongoing, and comprehensive care as part of a 'medical home,' by complexity of need (e.g., in 2009-2010, 29.2% of California children with more complex special health care needs received care within a medical home). Children with "more complex needs" are those who require more than just prescription medication to manage their conditions, while "less complex needs" refers to children with conditions managed primarily by prescription medications.
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 (Dec. 2012).
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.