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Incorporating the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition Into a Medicaid Managed Care Plan: Lessons Learned From a Pilot Project
by Margaret McManus, Patience White, Robin Pirtle, Catina Hancock, Michael Ablan, Raquel Corona-Parra. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 2015;30:700-713.
This article describes the results of and lessons learned from incorporating the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition into a DC Medicaid managed care plan that serves SSI-eligible youth and young adults. It summarizes the extent of transition improvements within the plan and receipt of recommended transition core elements among a pilot group of young adult enrollees needing to transfer from pediatric to adult health care.

Pediatric to Adult Transition: A Quality Improvement Model for Primary Care
by Margaret McManus, Patience White, April Barbour, Billie Downing, Kirsten Hawkins, Nathalie Quion, Lisa Tuchman, W. Carl Cooley, and Jeanne McAllister. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2014;56:73-78.
This article examines the results of implementing the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition in five large pediatric and adult academic primary care sites in the District of Columbia, as part of a two-year learning collaborative. Using the Health Care Transition Index, the study compares improvements in specific indicators of transition performance in pediatric and adult practices. It also discusses quality improvement lessons learned.

Measuring the “Triple Aim” in Transition Care: A Systematic Review
by Megan Prior, Margaret McManus, Patience White, and Laurie Davidson. Pediatrics. 2014;134:e1648-e1661.
This article identifies published measures used to evaluate transition within the “Triple Aim” framework of experience of care, population health, and costs. Within this framework, the article describes the specific measures used in the 33 studies that met inclusion criteria. It also includes a critical discussion of transition measurement gaps and suggestions for developing a cores set of transition measures.

The Promise and Potential of Adolescent Engagement in Health
by Margaret A. McManus. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2014:314.
This editorial discusses a new youth engagement tool developed by Sebastian et al. in the Journal of Adolescent Health and recommends incorporating transition readiness assessment in future measures of adolescent engagement consistent with Got Transition’s “Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition.” It also addresses the need to consider the continuum of adolescent engagement pertaining to direct care as well as to involvement of youth as staff, peer educators, advisory group members, and other leadership positions.

A Research Agenda for Adolescent-Centered Primary Care in the United States
by Harriette B. Fox, Margaret A. McManus, Charles E. Irwin Jr, Kelly J. Kelleher, and Ken Peake. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2013:307-310.
This commentary presents a set of prioritized research recommendations on adolescent-centered primary care developed by experts participating in The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health's invitational conference in 2012. The recommendations pertain to increasing adolescent and parent engagement and self-care management, improvement preventive care and identifying conditions early, and integrating physical, behavioral, and reproductive health services. The commentary also addresses federal and private foundation funding priorities related to the adolescent research agenda.

Current Status of Transition Preparation Among Youth With Special Needs in the United States
by Margaret A. McManus, Lauren R. Pollack, W. Carl Cooley, Jeanne W. McAllister, Debra Lotstein, Bonnie Strickland, and Marie Y. Mann. Pediatrics. 2013;131:1090-1097.
This article provides an analysis of US transition performance from pediatric to adult health care based on the 2009-2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. It examines the association of population, condition, and health care characteristics with successful transition preparation. It also identifies adolescent populations least likely to receive needed transition support and offers delivery system and payment suggestions for improvement.

A Primary Care Quality Improvement Approach to Health Care Transition
by Patience H. White, Margaret A. McManus, Jeanne W. McAllister, and W. Carl Cooley. Pediatric Annals. 2012;41:e1-e7.
This article describes a quality improvement approach for implementing health care transition supports in pediatric and adult primary care practice settings, which is based on the 2011 AAP/ACP/AAFP's Clinical Report on Health Care Transition and the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition. It includes detailed sample tools, strategies, and lessons learned from primary care practices in the District of Columbia that have implemented the Six Core Elements.

Adolescent Medicine Training in Pediatric Residency Programs
by Harriette B. Fox, Margaret A. McManus, Jonathan D. Klein, Angela Diaz, Arthur B. Elster, Marianne E. Felice, David W. Kaplan, Charles J. Wibbelsman, and Jane E. Wilson. Pediatrics. 2010; 125: 165-172.
This article examines the adequacy of pediatric residency training in adolescent medicine. It addresses several aspects of training, including the extent to which important adolescent medicine topics are covered through formal education and practical application, the types of faculty involved in training, and the opportunities to establish ongoing therapeutic relationships with adolescents. Information for the study was obtained through a 2007 survey of pediatric residency program directors and adolescent medicine faculty.

Advancing Medical Education Training in Adolescent Health
by Harriette B. Fox, Margaret A. McManus, Angela Diaz, Arthur B. Elster, Marianne E. Felice, David W. Kaplan, Jonathan D. Klein, and Jane E. Wilson. Pediatrics. 2008; 121: 1043-1045.
This commentary examines the strengths and weaknesses of four major options for establishing opportunities for training pediatricians in adolescent medicine. The options include extending the length of the mandatory adolescent medicine rotation, introducing more flexibility in residency programs to allow for formalized optional training tracks in adolescent medicine, creating a combined pediatrics/adolescent medicine residency, and increasing the availability of one-year adolescent medicine clinical training programs after completion of categorical training in general pediatrics. Information for this commentary was based on 2007 surveys of adolescent medicine fellowship program directors, pediatric residency program directors, and adolescent medicine faculty in pediatric residency programs.

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