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Program Description:

This presentation will focus on integrated care principles that enhance positive outcomes for children and youth with special healthcare needs and their families. Myers will explore the components of a medical health home and the importance of bridging service gaps to support access and continuity of care across providers.

Learning Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

1. Summarize whole-person integrated care and describe at least 3 impact outcomes for the person, provider, and family.
2. Define the Medical Home Model, Advanced Medical Home, and Advanced Medical Home Tier 3 under North Carolina Medicaid transformation.
3. Identify at least 2 aspects of the complexity in supporting people with special care needs and develop practice changes to better support this population.


Kristy Myers, RN, ALNC has 25 years of professional experience in supporting people with I/DD and Autism in both community and state developmental center settings. She has spent her career providing direct support, management, and advocacy for integrated person-centered care for this population. As part of her role with the Autism Society of NC, she serves as project manager for the I/DD HHI (Health Home Initiative) to support statewide projects and initiatives to expand the delivery of services and supports for individuals and families to achieve their full potential.


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Van Cleave, J., Boudreau, A. A., McAllister, J., Cooley, W. C., Maxwell, A., & Kuhlthau, K. (2015, June 1). Care coordination over time in medical homes for children with special health care needs. American Academy of Pediatrics, 

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