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Seattle Children’s Is Providing Flu Vaccines to Patients

Seattle Children’s is providing influenza vaccinations to inpatients and outpatients during their scheduled visits. Seattle Children’s is also offering the vaccination to Emergency Department and Urgent Care patients. All vaccinations given to patients are documented in the Child Profile Immunization Registry. Patients are screened for eligibility.

We are also offering flu shot vouchers to patients’ family members and household contacts age 3 and older during patient visits and stays. The vouchers can be used at any Bartell Drugs with no out-of-pocket cost (Bartell will bill family members’ insurance, if available, and charge any remaining balance to Seattle Children’s). Family members and household contacts 6 months to 35 months old will need to get their flu vaccine at their primary care provider’s office. Read full post »

Update on COVID-19 Testing at Seattle Children’s

As of Nov. 3, Seattle Children’s had tested 16,034 children. 250 were positive, for a positivity rate of 1.6%; most had symptoms but 39% were asymptomatic.

Testing sites and capacity: We offer testing for children and teens through age 17 at our four Urgent Care Clinics and at the Sand Point Learning Center drive-through near the hospital. We consistently have availability at all locations; our best capacity is usually at the Sand Point Learning Center and Seattle Urgent Care. Federal Way Urgent Care tends to fill up fastest.

Results: We have extended our COVID-19 test result window to 24 to 48 hours instead of one day due to higher demand. If you do not receive your patient’s results within the time expected, please call our clinical lab for assistance at 206-987-2102.

No walk-up COVID-19 testing: Referrals are required for COVID-19 testing at all Seattle Children’s testing sites; appointments are also required. After you submit an order, please ask the family to call us at 206-987-2100 to schedule their appointment at one of our five testing locations. Read full post »

Pre-natal Vitamin D and Children’s Neurocognitive Development: Seattle Children’s Study Highlights the Connection and Equity Issues

A study led by Melissa Melough of Seattle Children’s Research Institute sheds light on the benefits of vitamin D intake by pregnant women to their child’s brain development as well as the significantly higher risk of vitamin D deficiency among pregnant women of color. Vitamin D deficiency is common among the general population but Black women are at higher risk. “I hope our work brings greater awareness to this problem, shows the long-lasting implications of prenatal vitamin D for the child and their neurocognitive development, and highlights that there are certain groups providers should be paying closer attention to,” says Melough.

Read “Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy Linked with Child IQ, Study Shows Disparities Among Black Women,” On the Pulse, Nov. 2, 2020.

In Case You Missed It: October Special Updates from Seattle Children’s

Special Update: Temporary Referral Backlog – For Urgent Referrals, Please Call Clinical Intake Directly

Wednesday, Oct. 14 – Seattle Children’s is experiencing a temporary referral backlog related to our transition on Oct. 3 to Epic. We will let you know when this issue is resolved.

In the meantime, if you have an urgent referral please send it in the usual way and then call our Clinical Intake Coordinators directly at 206-987-2080, option 2. We will be able to quickly pull your referral from the top of the referral queue to expedite the referral process.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust to our new workflows with Epic.

If you have EpicCare Link specific questions, please contact the help desk at 206-987-4444 or EpicCareLink@seattlechildrens.org.

As always, if you would like to contact our Physician Relations team, please email us at  physician.relations@seattlechildrens.org.

Seattle Children’s Transitions to Epic

On Saturday, Oct. 3, Seattle Children’s transitioned to using the Epic electronic medical record system (EMR). PHIN and eReferral are no longer in use.

Patient health information is now available to community providers via the web-based application EpicCare Link. Providers may also use EpicCare Link to submit referrals to Seattle Children’s, although faxed referrals will still be accepted.

Previous users of PHIN and eReferral should have received their new log-in credentials for EpicCare Link in September.  If you did not, please contact us at physician.relations@seattlechildrens.org.

If you are a Seattle Children’s Care Network (SCCN) user, nothing has changed in how you access your patients’ medical records; please continue to log in to EpicCare Link as usual through the Okta portal. Likewise, any provider with a Seattle Children’s badge ID should access EpicCare Link through Okta. Read full post »

Radiology/Lab Requests: Send Paper Orders with Patients (October Only)

During October, as Seattle Children’s transitions to Epic, we anticipate the possibility that PCPs’ faxed radiology or lab orders may not be received in a timely manner. As a precaution, if you are sending in your patient for imaging or labs, please fax in the order as usual but also give a paper order to the family to bring with them. This will help us be able to see your patient if they arrive without an appointment and we haven’t received the faxed order by the time they arrive.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we switch to Epic.

Map of COVID-19 Testing Sites Across Washington

The Washington Department of Health has published a map of all Washington state COVID-19 testing sites including hospitals, clinics, community-based sites and drive-throughs. The list provides information about cost, whether an appointment is needed and whether testing is offered in other languages.

Visit Seattle Children’s COVID-19 testing page for information about ordering a COVID-19 test for your patients age 20 and younger at one of our 4 testing sites. Walk-up testing is not available; appointments are required.

As of Oct. 4, Seattle Children’s has tested 13,755 children with a positivity rate of 1.4% (positive and inconclusive test results.) No patients are in the hospital; those who tested positive are recovering at home.

Seattle Children’s Sees Early Spike in Fall Mental Health Visits to ED

An autumn uptick in mental health visits to the ED is normal as school begins and days darken. This year the surge began unexpectedly early at Seattle Children’s, in August, with about 20 more visits to the ED for mental health concerns than in the previous year. September and October ED numbers are holding steady so far compared to prior years. The difference is the acuity. More kids are arriving with mental health concerns who require admission.

“We all feared the effect that isolation, the pandemic and general societal stress would have on kids,” says Russ Migita, MD, clinical director of Emergency Services. “It’s because of the great work PCPs are doing to support kids and their families that we aren’t seeing even higher numbers in the ED yet. But the busy season is just beginning. We all need to work together to advocate for more resources and options for patients and families in the community.” Read full post »

Telehealth Services and Fees

Billing change: Seattle Children’s is billing a home telehealth administration fee of $75 for all telehealth visits, similar to the facility fee charged for in-person visits. The fee covers hospital expenses for a telehealth visit that are separate from the cost of the medical provider, including equipment and additional staff the hospital provides to support the appointment.

The home telehealth admin fee applies to telehealth visits with our hospital-based clinics, regardless of the provider’s location (e.g. office, home, lab), when patients are seen by a doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or mental health professional. Read full post »