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Children's and Its Physicians Join Forces With Insurers to Accelerate Transformation of Pediatric Care to a More Effective and Efficient Health Care Delivery System
Date:11/4/2009

and models, which the hospital and its physicians believe hold promise for transforming the health care system nationally," added Paul Hickey, MD, president of the Physicians' Organization at Children's.

A 10-member advisory panel, with equal representation from Children's and the participating insurers, will provide valuable insight and strategic guidance for these and future efforts. While insurers have broad experience with clinical quality metrics and appropriateness of care guidelines, few of those measures are specific to pediatrics. It is believed that bringing together the broader experience of the insurers with the pediatric expertise of Children's and its physicians will help to standardize the approach to high quality, effective and efficient pediatric care.

New approaches, models and technologies for additional investment include:

SCAMPs (Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans)

Although everyone's goal is to deliver the optimal tests, procedures and treatments for each patient, as every physician knows, in most cases this has never been defined. Physicians in the Cardiovascular Program at Children's have created a broad-based framework to not only address this problem, but to deliver better care at the same time. The framework, known as SCAMPs, or Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans, uses the best evidence to guide testing and treatment decisions, and the best judgment of practicing cardiologists to standardize care plans for many common clinical situations and to capture data to continually refine the process.

"Children's and its doctors believe that the new framework will become the standard for quality improvement processes - how to create in real time widespread, conti
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