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Pediatric Complexity Tool Best Practice Alert: Early Identification of Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Care Needs

      Care coordination programs continue to be developed for children with special health care needs (CSHCN). The goals for these programs are to improve access, increase communication, and decrease the overall length of stay for CSHCN. Care coordination optimizes resources to support children's health and well-being early in their hospitalization and facilitates a smooth discharge process and transition to home. Providing care coordination for CSHCN requires collaboration from many disciplines. To achieve high-quality care coordination, early identification of medically complex pediatric patients on admission is optimal. For more efficient and timelier enrollment into our care coordination program, we created a best practice alert within our electronic medical record to help overcome the challenges in timely identification of CSHCN. The best practice alert has helped us to provide care coordination benefits to our patients earlier in their hospital course. The purpose of this paper is to describe a quality improvement initiative to improve the early identification of CSHCN on hospital admission through the development of a best practice alert.

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