Rainbow Care Connection improves health care for Cleveland’s children

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
CLEVELAND – University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow) innovative physician extension team (PET)* model, called the UH Rainbow Care Connection, effectively improved access and care for children with complex chronic conditions and behavioral health problems over a four-year award period. Since the model’s inception, UH Rainbow has seen a significant decrease in hospitalizations for children with behavioral health conditions (57%) and medically complex children (25%). The study also recorded a decrease in unnecessary visits to the emergency department (22%) for all children.

In 2012, UH Rainbow received a $12.7 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). To effectuate the award, UH created one of the first pediatric accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the country -- called UH Rainbow Care Connection -- to enhance health care for more than 200,000 children in northeast Ohio, one-third of whom are Medicaid enrollees. 

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