Care Coordination for Children with Complex Care Needs Significantly Reduces Hospital Utilization
Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Faculty of Business and Law
Office of Assoc Dean - Higher Degrees (FBL)
Purpose. The purpose was to evaluate an ambulatory care coordination program for children with complex care needs. Design and Methods. A pre- and postcohort evaluation design was implemented to analyze the impact on hospital utilization. Results. Results included a decrease in emergency department presentations (15%, p < .001), hospital admissions (9%, p < .019), and hospital bed days (43%, p < .001). Economic analysis indicated a cost savings of $A1.9 million per annum. Practice Implications. Hospital utilization is significantly reduced for children with complex care needs through 24/7 care coordination.