SEATTLE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Project Title: "Pediatric Partners in Care (PPIC)"
Geographic Reach: Washington
Estimated Funding Amount: $5,561,620
The Seattle Children's Hospital project will test implementation of Pediatric Partners in Care (PPIC), which aims to provide a tiered set of community-based care management services for the participating children, their families, and their primary care providers. Care management efforts will focus on improving the care coordination and providing expert consultative resources to patients, families, and providers: (1) Review of health records of all 3,000 children against a standard set of criteria; (2) Establishing priorities for active care management by health care utilization history and health severity scores; (3) Care management by a community-based team of a registered nurse Care Manager and a Community Health Coordinator; (4) Development of a comprehensive care plan for those in care management; (5) Training/education and empowerment of the families of enrolled children; (6) Consultations with and training for their primary care physicians and specialists. PPIC's interventions aim to improve the health care of the target population by providing a higher level of coordination of care between the many different facets of the health care system with whom these children interface on an all-too-frequent basis.