Rural pediatric practice in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest.
Currently accepting new patients, ages newborn to 18. We accept most medical insurances.
Full-service pediatric practice, offering comprehensive pediatric and adolescent care, including newborn and pediatric inpatient care.
Our faculty consists of three board-certified Pediatricians, two Physician Assistants, nine nurses (three full-time, six part-time), five office staff, and one part-time care coordinator. The physicians at Warren Pediatric Associates are Attending Physicians at Warren General Hospital.
Medical Home Statement
Warren Pediatric Associates joined the Pennsylvania Medical Home Initiative in 2001. We strive to adopt new strategies and techniques to facilitate improved family and community-based comprehensive care for Special Health Care Needs (SHCN) children in a rural setting.
Medical Home Core Team
Kim Herzog, RN, Care Coordinator
Kim is a Registered Nurse. She has been employed with the current physicians of Warren Pediatric Associates since January, 2008. Kim became involved with the Medical Home Initiative in 2007 when she was offered the opportunity to be the Warren Pediatric Associates Care Coordinator. She previously worked at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital on the General Pediatric Floor before coming to Warren Pediatric Associates.
David M. McConnell, Jr., MD
Dr. McConnell has been a Pediatrician at Warren Pediatric Associates since 1982. He has been involved with the Medical Home Initiative since it's beginning in 2001 and is an active member of the Warren Pediatric Associates team, as well as Managing Partner. Since 1977, he has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and currently serves on their state chapter's Board of Directors. Dr. McConnell is also an advisor for the EPIC IC Medical Home Initiative.
At Warren Pediatric Associates...
We created a Medical Home team in February 2002 that included a pediatrician, a nurse, and two patient advisors.
We involved our entire office staff in deciding which patients were appropriate for inclusion on a registry of special needs patients. In April 2002, we created a registry of CYSHCN with severity levels classified as 1 through 4. We currently have approximately 335 CYSHCN out of a 10,500 patient population.
Our care coordinator distinguished special health care needs patients by using their problem list, the acronym SHCN, the level of severity and then by the diagnosis codes.
Care plans have been developed so the providers can see their patient’s specialist, surgeries, therapies, DME, Home Health needs, and a brief past medical history.
Our Business Manager created pop-up messages on the computer scheduler, which remind our staff to schedule extra time for CYSHCN.
We sought feedback from parents using a Practice Critique questionnaire developed by our practice and the CMHI Medical Home Family Index.
We upgraded our parking lot curb ramps and signage.
Our Parent Partner created a detailed resource list that fit on a single page for use by our practice and by other parents.
Starting in November 2001 and continuing through the present, we have been working to improve coding and reimbursement.
In June 2004, we improved arrangements for adolescents transitioning to adult medicine physicians
We complete a yearly evaluation of our "medical homeness" every January, using a tool called the CMHI Medical Home Index. This helps us to measure, how improvements have impacted our practice. Utilizing the Medical Home Index, we evaluate our strengths and weaknesses regarding care for CYSHCN patients.
We adopt new strategies and techniques to facilitate improved family and community-based comprehensive care for Special Health Care needs (SHCN) children in a rural setting.
We have made presentations about the Medical Home concept and about our specific efforts to a number of groups including at a meeting of area agencies, at the county medical society's Grand Rounds, and at several private practices in the region.
CYSHCN require extra time and resources in any setting if we are to provide successful family and community-based comprehensive care. Our geographic isolation makes this goal especially challenging. As we continue to evaluate our progress and develop new ideas for improvement, we hope that we can better meet our "rural challenge".
Our goal is to have better charting, and to address and follow-up on the chronic problems every time the patient is in the office.
Our goal is to have a charting system with the patient diagnosis and specialist information easily accessible at any moment, to make sure the patient is getting the appropriate care.