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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 »

New Sleep Diagnosis: Restless Sleep Disorder

An international panel of sleep experts is adding a new pediatric sleep disorder they call restless sleep disorder (RSD) to parents’ and pediatricians’ radars.

Led by Seattle Children’s pediatric sleep specialist, Dr. Lourdes DelRosso, the group shared their consensus on a medical definition of RSD in a paper published in Sleep Medicine. Known to occur in children ages 6 to 18, RSD can lead to attention impairment, mood and behavioral problems and other issues at home and school due to poor sleep quality. Read full post »

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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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.

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 »

COVID Testing Reminder: No Walk-Up Testing

Reminder: There is no walk-up testing available at Seattle Children’s for COVID-19. If your patient needs COVID-19 testing, please submit an order first and ask your family to call us to schedule a lab appointment at one of our Urgent Care locations (Seattle, Everett, Federal Way and Bellevue,) or our drive-through testing center at Sand Point Learning Center.

We have had a number of families arrive at Urgent Care requesting a COVID-19 test without an appointment or order from their provider.

Please see our COVID-19 testing page for more details. Thank you for your partnership in helping families in our region get tested.

eReferral is Changing Its Name to EpicCare Link

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 5, Seattle Children’s is changing the name of eReferral to EpicCare Link. Users may notice this difference when they log on. At this time, only the name is changing; providers will still access and use the platform the same way as before. The change is part of Seattle Children’s larger transition to Epic, which is scheduled to take place in October 2020.

For more information, read our July 2020 announcement about our Transition to Epic.

CME: Evaluation and Management of Functional Constipation

Seattle Children’s concludes its summer series of Category 2 CME events on August 11 via Webex:

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Evaluation and Management of Functional Constipation with Dr. Lusine Ambartsumyan.

Discussion and Q&A from 6:30 to 7 p.m. with Dr. Ambartsumyan and Dr. Ruth McDonald, Seattle Children’s vice president and interim chief medical officer.

Objectives:

    • Describe the evaluation of childhood constipation
    • Differentiate between organic and functional constipation
    • Review the treatment of functional constipation
    • Become familiar with the national guidelines and the partnered care model for management of functional defecation disorders in children

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