By Cason Benton, M.D., FAAP, Medical Director, Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance

As announced earlier this summer, the Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance’s (ACHIA) 2019 Collaborative #Stay Well: An Adolescent Well Visit Learning Collaborative, will kick off in January and run through September 2019.

staywell logo 3 002This quality improvement collaborative will focus on increasing adolescent well visit rates and clarifying practice consent, confi dentiality, and transition policies. In addition, practices will have the opportunities to track optional adolescent measures.

“Pediatricians offer adolescents guidance through potentially turbulent times, however, teens have low annual visits. What can we do to increase adolescent well visit rates? That is what we will tackle in this learning collaborative,” said Nola Ernest, MD, FAAP, #StayWell physician champion and pediatrician with Enterprise Pediatric Clinic.

Here are the top 10 reasons you should participate!
10. Teens are fun to have around...Really!
9. Dr. Preud’Homme, our content expert, and Dr. Ernest, our physician champion, are a hoot!
8. New this year: CME available at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting & Fall Pediatric Update or through online web modules.
7. Simplify your patient-centered medical home applications and renewals with #Stay Well’s emphasis on transition of care
6. You can tailor your experience with optional measures--such as increasing vaccination rates or screening for depression.
5. Upcoming Medicaid changes in patient panel attribution and incentives favor increased adolescent visit rates.
4. Practice improvements occur during the spring and summer, outside of the busy winter months.
3. You will obtain MOC Part IV while improving teen care!
2. You’ll be assured that everyone in your practice will be able to navigate consent and confi dentiality.
1. #Stay Well is a fun way to be sure your practice’s teens are receiving the very best care.

Email Linda Champion at to register and for more information!

This article first appeared in the Third Quarter 2018 Edition of the Alabama Pediatrician Newsletter.See full newsletter here.