SOURCE: EP Global Communications, Inc.

August 20, 2007 12:21 ET

Exceptional Parent Magazine Announces "Medical Home" Series

In Its September Issue, EP Will Begin a Yearlong Series on the Concept of the Medical Home as It Pertains to People With Disabilities

JOHNSTOWN, PA--(Marketwire - August 20, 2007) - EP Global Communications Inc. (OTCBB: EPGL), the parent company of Exceptional Parent (EP) magazine, announced today that in its September issue, it will kick off a multi-part series on the American Academy of Pediatrics' Medical Home initiative that will run monthly into the summer of 2008. This series is in partnership with the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Educating Practices in Community Integrated Care (EPIC IC) Medical Home Program and is being authored by various professionals involved in care for children and youth with special healthcare needs under the direction of Renee M. Turchi, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the EPIC IC Medical Home Program, and Molly Gatto, Associate Program Director of the EPIC IC Program.

A "Medical Home" is not a physical building; rather, the Medical Home is a model of healthcare delivery to children and youth with special healthcare needs. In essence, Medical Home is a process or approach to community-based primary care. While it is not a physical building or structure, it does, however, connote a location that is easily accessible for the family and that has the following characteristics. It is:

--  Comprehensive
--  Continuous
--  Coordinated
--  Compassionate
--  Culturally-effective
--  Family-centered
    

Over the next year, this series will present the concept of the Medical Home in a novel and reader-friendly way -- through a fictitious case study. EP readers will visit with Amita and Samir and their daughter, Anjali, a "make believe" family, and will learn about Medical Home through their experience. The September issue installment will set the stage for future issues with Anjali's premature birth and subsequent and mounting health concerns. Through the series, readers will be incrementally taught the concepts of the Medical Home with topics shaping up as follows:

-- Overview of the Medical Home

In the beginning of this series of articles on the Medical Home, field professionals will define the model of the Medical Home and describe the benefits, barriers, and core components of the Medical Home as well as how the Medical Home model has spread.


-- Medical Home and Care Coordination

The next article will discuss the transition from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to the home environment and the importance of support during this transition. It will also focus on the role of care coordinators, the importance of early intervention programs and will offer resources for networking with other parents.

-- Parent Partners

The next installment in this series will discuss the importance and role of parent partners in medical home practices as parents become involved by attending Medical Home conferences and being involved in support groups.

-- Community Resources

This article will explore the services needed to promote effective Medical Home development such as social services, home care nursing, advocacy groups, etc.

-- Education Issues

The next article will explore the new challenges that arise as a child with special healthcare needs transitions into the school setting, and parents are introduced to the Individual Education Plan (IEP), special education law, the role of legal advocates, etc.

-- Medical Homes as Part of Hospital Systems

This installment will highlight how Medical Homes that are part of hospital systems differ from private medical practices. The Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) will also be introduced and discussed, as they apply to Medical Homes.

-- Transition to Adult-Centered Care: The Early Teen Years

In this article, the age at which discussions on adult transitioning begins will be outlined. Tips like a transition checklist and a time line for finding an adult planner will be offered, and issues like insurance, SSI benefits and vocational strategies will be introduced.

-- Transition to Adult-Centered Care: The Mid to Late Teen Years

Issues pertinent to the lives of older teens with special healthcare needs will be discussed in this article including issues on sexuality, recreation, Waiver program and, if applicable, college planning.

-- Transition to Adult-Centered Care: High School Graduation

In the final article in the Medical Home series, issues that are unique to the youth graduating from high school will be explored like vocational issues, guardianship, and estate planning.


Doubtless, EP's Medical Home series will be highly informative and will offer parents, caregivers, and allied healthcare professionals a comprehensive view of the Medical Home concept.

For more information on Medical Home, please visit the National Center of Medical Home Initiatives for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at www.medicalhomeinfo.org.

About EP Global Communications, Inc.

EP Global Communications, parent company of Exceptional Parent (EP) magazine, is a 36-year-old, award-winning publishing and communications company which provides practical advice and emotional support to families of children and adults with disabilities and special health care needs -- as well as the physicians, allied health care and educational professionals who are involved in their care and development. EP uses a multi-media approach to disseminate information via: its monthly award-winning publication, Exceptional Parent; web site (www.eparent.com); clinical custom communications projects; the EP Library Bookstore (www.epbookstore.com) of disability books, DVDs and videos; live and on-line interactive CME/CEU accredited Seminars & Teleconferences on a wide range of special needs topics in the chronic long term disabilities and special needs community.

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