Seattle Children's Provider News

COVID-19 Testing Update

We are excited to continue partnering with our pediatric provider community in offering COVID-19 testing (see our COVID-19 testing page for complete information including how to order a test).

Availability of tests:

Our capacity is highest at our Urgent Care in Seattle. Testing is frequently fully booked at our South Clinic in Federal Way. Our remaining locations usually have some capacity. Appointments can generally be scheduled within 24 to 48 hours.

Testing locations:

    1. Sand Point Learning Center (drive-through)
    2. Urgent Care – Seattle Hospital Campus
    3. Urgent Care – North Clinic in Everett
    4. Urgent Care – Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center
    5. Urgent Care – South Clinic in Federal Way

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Kids’ Sports and Physical Activity During COVID-19: A Q&A With Drs. Monique Burton and Celeste Quitiquit

Dr. Monique Burton and Dr. Celeste Quitiquit are both sports medicine pediatricians. Dr. Burton is medical director of sports medicine and Dr. Quitiquit is co-medical director of the athletic training program at Seattle Children’s.

What does the sports landscape look like for kids this fall?

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Monique Burton

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Celeste Quitiquit

Drs. Burton and Quitiquit: Youth sports definitely looks different this fall. Some sporting teams are in full effect, with fingers crossed. Other teams already cancelled their seasons in advance. Many sporting teams tread carefully, building safety and contingency plans, creating hybrid practice agendas and trying to stay current with COVID-related news. To say there are some modifications is definitely an understatement. For example, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) has divided the upcoming school year into four sports seasons rather than the usual three, limiting play in fall and moving more play to spring. Almost all of November and December will be a no-play period during which WIAA will reassess plans for 2021 based on what’s happening with COVID-19. It’s very much a fluid, “stay tuned” type of situation. Read full post »

Our Switch to Epic: What Providers Need to Know

On Oct. 3, Seattle Children’s will transition to the Epic electronic medical record system (EMR). Approximately 5,000 referring providers and their staff will be using EpicCare Link to refer patients and view their patients’ health information at Seattle Children’s.

  • We will no longer use PHIN after Oct. 3. We have also stopped accepting new applications to use PHIN.
  • Providers will be able to submit referrals and access patient information at Seattle Children’s by using the web-based application EpicCare Link (more info below).
  • eReferral was rebranded in August 2020 to become EpicCare Link.

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Regional Clinics: Updated List of Services, Providers and Schedules

We have updated our services, providers and schedules at Seattle Children’s regional clinics in Everett, Federal Way and Bellevue.

Reminder About Ophthalmology Referrals

Seattle Children’s is still temporarily limiting referrals to Ophthalmology to address capacity constraints caused by the pandemic. This will help ensure timely appointments remain available for children who cannot find equivalent care elsewhere.

As a reminder:

  • Ophthalmology does not see children who only need glasses.
  • Ophthalmology sees new patients through age 16 only.
  • Children with developmental disabilities can be seen by most pediatric ophthalmologists outside of Seattle Children’s as long as the patient is able to follow the eye exam (which is the same standard used by Seattle Children’s). Wait times to see these providers are typically shorter than the wait to be seen at Seattle Children’s. Please see our list of Washington eye care providers (PDF) that have been vetted by our faculty.

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Tips for Safe Firearm Storage Counseling by Providers

Firearms are the second leading cause of death among children and teens in the United States, after car crashes. One in three U.S. homes where kids live have a firearm, with 43% reporting that the firearm is kept unlocked and loaded.

Seattle Children’s offers this tip sheet (PDF) for providers on counseling families about firearms.  Many families feel comfortable discussing firearm safety with their child’s pediatrician when the conversation is approached with neutrality, privacy, respect and confidence.

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Six Tips for Referring to Pulmonary

Our Pulmonary program recently updated its referral guidelines. Below are highlights of helpful information for referring providers. For further details, please visit Pulmonary’s new “Refer a Patient” page.

1. The Pulmonary team at Seattle Children’s is committed to seeing patients for all types of pulmonary concerns, without limitation.

Now is a great time to refer patients to Pulmonary. Our wait times are well below our historical norm (currently 1 to 2 months for new patients), we have telehealth access, and flu season has not yet started. Read full post »

New CAR T-Cell Trial for Kids With Solid Tumors

A new immunotherapy clinical trial at Seattle Children’s is now open for enrollment. The phase 1 clinical trial, called STRIvE-02, will study the safety and efficacy of a T-cell immunotherapy treatment for cancer patients with solid tumors.

About STRIvE-02:

Seattle Children’s doctors and researchers are leaders in developing chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapies to treat children and young adults with relapsed or refractory solid tumors who are not likely to survive with standard treatments. Read full post »

CME Events: Anxiety, Pregestational Diabetes

Anxiety and Related Disorders: Diagnosis, Evidence-Based Treatment, COVID-19 and Seattle Children’s Resources (Category II CME)

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Presented by Andrea Hartman, PsyD, supervising clinical psychologist, Outpatient Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine. The CME will be followed by a Q&A 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Seattle Children’s upcoming transition to Epic. See the event flyer..

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Grand Rounds: September 2020

Provider Grand Roundsfull schedule and Webex/dial-in information

Sept. 3: Right Care, Right Place, Every Time: Improving Pediatric Acute Care Outcomes Through Collaboration and Innovation. Marc Auerbach, MD, FAAP, MSc; associate professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and of Emergency Medicine; co-chair INSPIRE (International Network for Simulation Based Pediatric Innovation Research and Education); director, Pediatric Simulation, Ya le Center for Medical Simulation; medical director, CT Emergency Medical Services for Children, State Partnership Grant; associate director of Pediatric Simulation, Department of Pediatrics; associate pediatric trauma medical director; PEMnetwork.org Faculty Advisor/Moderator/Blogger; co-chair International Pediatric Simulation Society, Webinar series. Read full post »