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Fortunately, children are nearly three times less likely to require health care services than adults. However, when they do become ill, they require more -- and more costly -- support.
Treating children requires more staff and resources per patient for a number of reasons:
Both inpatient care and rehabilitation services for pediatric patients tend to require more clinical support and technology:
Tracking and benchmarking quality in the delivery of pediatric care is challenging because there is not a centralized large payer (such as Medicare) that provides the benchmarking. However, Children's uses whatever benchmarks are publicly available to look for best practices and promotes the sharing of quality and safety data among its peers. The hospital participates in many public reporting systems, including Leapfrog, Patients First and MHQP, and collaborates with managed care plans to establish quality and safety goals for performance improvement.
Children's understands that the cost of care cannot continue to increase exponentially, and has taken steps to decrease the increasing costs of its care, including more efficiently using its resources and cutting costs. When benchmarked against its top peers, Children's costs are, on average, significantly lower.
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”