Cleveland Clinic and Boston Children's Hospital have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership "to offer complex pediatric care directly to employers nationally," according to a release from Boston Children's.
Details of the partnership
Under the agreement, Boston Children's will become a member with special status in the Clinic's national network of cardiovascular care providers who contract directly with employers and other payers, Healthcare Finance reports.
Boston Children's will help lead the network's pediatric program. In addition, the organization will share in the development and oversight of patient care best practices for clinical research, quality measurement, and outcome measurement.
Eventually, the Clinic and Boston Children's said they plan to expand the offered services to include other types of complex, rare pediatric care—however, the organizations presently are focused on cardiac care.
Steven Fishman, the president of the Physicians' Organization and SVP of access and business services at Boston Children's, said, "During this time of increasing demand for value in the health care marketplace, teaming up with another renowned institution such as Cleveland Clinic provides a way for more patients from across the nation to access world-class specialized care." He added, "This agreement offers high-quality health care while managing costs."
Hani Najm, chair of pediatric and congenital heart surgery at the Clinic, said, "To bring the best to our patients and to children with complex heart disease, the experts in heart care and in children care are coming together to put this partnership together so we can give the best value for these children with complex heart conditions" (Coutré, Modern Healthcare, 7/26; Jones Sanborn, Healthcare Finance, 7/26).
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