Children's National Health System and The HSC Health Care System Sign Agreement to Partner
The integrated partnership will improve care coordination for children and young adults with complex care needs
WASHINGTON –Children’s National Health System (Children’s National) and The HSC Health Care System (HSC) have signed a definitive agreement to create an integrated partnership that will provide seamless care for children and young adults with complex medical needs in Washington, D.C. and across the region.
With a combined 285 years of pediatric experience, Children’s National and HSC each have significant expertise delivering complementary health care services to children and young adults with complex needs. Many of the children who currently receive services from both organizations have particularly complex and rare health conditions. By coming together, this partnership will create one of the nation’s most comprehensive models of care for this patient population.
Medical advances have significantly increased life expectancy for children with complex medical needs, leading to an increased demand for specialized care as well as innovations to address the longer-term needs of these children.
“As we’ve developed advances that improve care for these children, we know that integrated care plays a significant role,” says Kurt Newman, M.D., President and CEO of Children’s National Health System. “That understanding has driven the commitment of both Children’s National and HSC to seek a new way of collaborating that we hope will become a model for others.”
The importance of delivering highly coordinated care to children with complex medical needs gained national attention when the bipartisan ACE Kids Act was signed into law this spring. Children’s National collaborated with HSC in a national pilot program that provided the foundation for this legislation.
“The patients and families we serve routinely navigate a complex system with a multitude of specialists and services required for their care. Together, we know we can make it easier for them to access care. Ultimately, our goal is to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families,” says Nathaniel Beers, M.D., President and CEO of The HSC Health Care System.
The agreement now goes forward for regulatory approval, a process that is anticipated to be completed by Fall 2019.
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