I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. Don’t get me wrong; I am a goal-setter extraordinaire. But there is just something about this annual tradition of making a commitment to change, which nearly always ends in failure, that I avoid at all costs.
However, this year I am making the goal to focus on some of the issues that I have unearthed around the area of Developmental Health Care. I want to share what I have learned and would be fascinated to hear comments about what is working (and not working) both here in the United States and internationally. The following are some of the topics I hope to touch on in 2011:
- Lack of primary care professionals entering the field as a whole
- The use of medical professionals (as a part of a physician led team) to provide developmental primary care services
- Inadequate insurance reimbursement for extended appointment times and services
- Specialized care facilities vs. inclusive medical environments
- Informed consent – How to determine if an adult with a developmental disability can self-advocate
- Lack of medical support services for this population
- Dwindling government funding – Who is responsible to pay for care?
- And the like (please feel free to contribute suggestions for additional topics)
I appreciate the many encouraging comments I have received to date and hope to receive additional insight and information as I continue on this education journey. I am by no means an expert but am looking to enhance my understanding in order to better advise my board as we allocate funding to this worthy cause.