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Strategies, best practices, and tools for state-of-the-art care and transition of young adults with chronic conditions

This special program provides education to optimize:

  • Clinical approaches to care of adolescents and young adults with chronic conditions, mental illness, autism, physical disabilities
  • The transition of these patients to—and acceptance of these patients into—adult care: timing, assessment, checklists, legal and insurance considerations   

 NEW in 2020, this program also provides guidance to:

  • Find adult providers
  • Approach reimbursement
  • Promote self-management and advocacy
  • Ensure successful transfer

 
Optimized Clinical Approaches

  • Updates for a wide range of chronic conditions
  • Strategies to support patients with mental illness
  • Care for the pregnant patient with chronic disease
  • Best practices for patients with autism
  • State-of-the-art approaches to manage chronic pain in young adults
  • Current approaches to substance abuse in young adults
  • What to screen for in a young adult cancer survivor
  • Screening for high-risk behaviors and their impact on chronic illness
  • Addressing sexual health and fertility with young adults who have chronic conditions
  • Differentiating treatment as patients age

Transitioning Patients To and Accepting Patients Into Adult Care Practices

  • Timing: when to begin the process of integrating young adults into adult care
  • Evidence-based approaches to prepare patients for adult care
  • How to expediently teach self-management skills
  • Understanding unique needs of patients with pediatric-acquired illness
  • Preventing adverse health outcomes as patients move to adult care
  • Best practices to utilize team-based care to optimize the transition
  • Advocacy and healthcare reform in transition care
  • Encouraging adherence through shared decision-making: when, why, how
  • Devising and implementing effective transition policies and training
  • Developing individualized transition plans
  • Transition timing and tracking of progress
  • Accommodating young adults with developmental disabilities in your setting
  • Assessing functional capacity to determine need for guardianship
  • Social determinants of health in chronic disease management
  • Development of a community health worker program
  • Current approaches to preventive counseling and anticipatory guidance

 Helping Patients with Self-Care and Advocacy

  • Independent living
  • Self-management
  • Self-advocacy
  • Decision-making
  • Information sharing
  • Effective communications
  • Patient self-advocacy with insurance companies and other care providers
  • Transition to college/community living

Education for Family Medicine, Pediatric, Internal Medicine, and Subspecialty Practices

Taught by nationally renowned experts, this program provides state-of-the-art strategies to optimize clinical practices, effectively transition patients to adult care, and help patients elevate their quality of life in the following types of practices:

Family Medicine and Medicine-Pediatric Practices 

  • Encouraging adherence through shared decision making:  when, why, how
  • Differentiating treatment as patients age
  • How to expediently teach self-management skills
  • Current approaches to preventative counseling and anticipatory guidance
  • Solutions for pediatric practices having difficulty finding adult medicine care into which they can transition patients with chronic or medically complex conditions 

Pediatric Practices: Strategies and Best Practices to Successfully Transition Young Adults to Adult Care

  • Transition timing and tracking of progress
  • Assessing functional capacity to determine need for guardianship
  • Developing individualized transition plans
  • Devising and implementing effective transition policies

Internal Medicine Practices: Strategies and Best Practices to Successfully Onboard Young Adults into Your Practice

  • Understanding unique needs of patients with pediatric acquired illness
  • Quality improvement strategies to optimize care of young adults
  • Updates to prevent adverse health outcomes as patients move to adult care
  • Accommodating needs of young adults with developmental disabilities in your setting

Pediatric Subspecialty Practices

  • Screening for high risk behaviors and their impact on chronic illness
  • Educating patients on impact of chronic illness on future fertility and pregnancy risks
  • Best practices for transition timing: start early and track progress
  • Referring to adult primary care providers as medical home for young adults
  • Solutions for pediatric practices having difficulty finding adult medicine care into which they can transition patients with chronic or medically complex conditions 

Adult Subspecialty Practices

  • Encouraging adherence to optimize health outcomes
  • Addressing sexual health and fertility issues
  • Utilizing shared decision making to set goals with patients
  • Accommodating needs of young adults with developmental disabilities in your setting