Supporting Care Coordination between Primary Care Providers and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
The following materials were designed by the a team of experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Heart Association, to help support primary care providers (PCPs) and registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) provide comprehensive and coordinated weight management care for patients and families. These materials were developed as part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthier Generation Benefit, which enables health care providers to be an active part of the solution to the obesity epidemic by providing eligible children with at least four follow up visits with their primary care provider, and four visits with a registered dietitian nutritionist as part of their health insurance benefits. These resources can be helpful to any primary care practitioners and registered dietitian nutritionists who wish to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary care to patients who are overweight or obese, or at risk for overweight or obesity.
- Care Coordination Webinar
The target audience for this webinar is RDNs and primary care providers (PCPs) interested in providing care for children from ages 3 to 18 years. This session highlights a case study of coordinated pediatric weight management care between a pediatrician and registered dietitian nutritionist team. The logistics of coordinating visits and communication are covered and specific obstacles are addressed. Participants will learn how to connect with an RDN or PCP counterpart and resources to support coordinated care developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Heart Association, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation are discussed in detail.
- Suggested Pediatric Weight Management Protocols: Visual reference charts for PCPs and RDNs to coordinate the process and scheduling of pediatric weight management care office visits.
- Pediatric Weight Management — Medical Summary: A form for PCPs to guide the assessment component of the child’s first office visit.
- Pediatric Weight Management — Ongoing Care Coordination and Information Sharing: A form for PCPs and RDNs to summarize and document key information from each office visit.
- Academy Initial and Follow-up Pediatric Weight Management Progress Notes (included in the Academy Pediatric Weight Management Toolkit): A form for RDNs to document nutrition services that occur during each visit with the child/family. The form can be attached with the Care Coordination and Information Sharing form and sent to the PCP and included in the child's medical record.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, has convened national medical associations, leading insurers and employers to offer comprehensive health benefits to children and families for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.
The Healthier Generation Benefit enables healthcare providers to be an active part of the solution to the obesity epidemic by providing eligible children with at least four follow up visits with their primary care provider, and four visits with a registered dietitian nutritionist as part of their health insurance benefits. This program is in adherence with the AAP endorsed Expert Committee Recommendations on the Assessment, Prevention and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity, the Medical Home model, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Guidelines.
We invite you to use the Pediatric Weight Management Resources to support care coordination efforts between primary care providers and registered dietitian nutritionists, and help families establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle.