Caring for children


Caring for children

Children needing dialysis

Acting on medical necessity

An abrupt change in scenario

Emory’s 250-plus pediatric specialists are an important part of the safety net for Georgia’s youngest and most vulnerable. It’s a net that spreads wide. Emory-Children’s Center (ECC), a joint venture between Emory Healthcare and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is the largest pediatric multi-specialty group practice in Georgia.

In addition to providing almost 50,000 outpatient services in the past year throughout the state, Emory pediatricians provide most of the inpatient care at Children’s Healthcare at Egleston on Emory’s campus and a substantial portion of inpatient care at Children’s at Hughes Spalding Hospital on the campus of the publicly owned Grady Memorial Hospital. Emory pediatricians also care for sick newborns and other high-risk babies at the Emory Regional Perinatal Center at Grady and in the neonatal intensive care unit at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Emory’s pediatric safety net is also one that Georgia families increasingly need. The largest proportion of children seen by Emory pediatric specialists (56%) are covered by Medicaid, which reimburses at a rate far below what it actually costs Emory to provide care, even less than reimbursement for adult care (see page 4). Another significant portion of patients seen by Emory pediatricians are referred to as “self-pay,” but in reality frequently this means that they simply can’t pay. Based on the most recent census figures available, more than one out of nine Georgia children—the vast majority living in homes where at least one parent works—has no health insurance whatsoever.

Whether patients are covered or not, however, is a distinction noted only in the business office. All that Emory pediatricians see are sick children who need the expertise they can provide.


         
 
 

Emory pediatricians provide care in the following venues:

Inpatient:

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown (high-risk pregnancy and neonatal intensive care)
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
    • Children’s at Egleston, 255 beds, Emory campus, staffed by Emory and community physicians, with Emory providing 80% of physician care
    • Children’s at Hughes Spalding, 24 beds, Grady Hospital campus, staffed by Emory and Morehouse medical schools and community physicians, with Emory providing 50% of physician care
    • Some Emory pediatric faculty also teach and have admitting privileges at Children’s at Scottish Rite, 250 beds, located in north Atlanta
    • Emory-Children’s Center, the largest pediatric multispecialty group practice in Georgia (and a joint venture with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta)

Outpatient:

  • Emory-Children’s Center, the largest pediatric multispecialty group practice in Georgia (and a joint venture with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta)
 
         

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