Quality and Outcomes - Herma Heart Center
Charges by procedure
Why we measure it - When surgery is needed, our surgical procedures are performed in the safest way possible. Medical expenses vary depending on the type of surgery performed. Our heart specialists at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee participate in cost-saving initiatives by making thoughtful medical choices while still providing the highest quality of care for patients. This keeps costs lower for families.
What this means - We are able to provide the highest quality of care while keeping our charges lower than our Pediatric Hospital Information System (PHIS) peers. This saves our patient families money and keeps us competitive.
About the data - These data show the average adjusted charge per visit for selected procedures at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin compared to PHIS peers. PHIS hospitals represent other leading free-standing pediatric hospitals.
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What we're doing to provide the best care:
- Our cardiac specialists lead the way in creating standard clinical assessment management protocols (SCAMPS). These protocols can save families time and money.
- SCAMPS are quality improvement initiatives used to enhance the level of care we give our patients. We work with other pediatric centers around the country to create care guidelines or pathways to identify or diagnose a specific disease or condition. These guidelines allow us to focus on a specific condition, order the appropriate tests, use resources efficiently and ultimately save our patients time and money.
- SCAMPS are reviewed every six months and are continuously updated and improved to benefit our patients.
- Our efforts to control costs while still providing outstanding medical care are centered around an initiative we call the Value Proposition. Simply stated, this means that lower costs and improved quality lead to greater value for our patients. Our specialists reinforce this idea by using resources efficiently and are consistently mindful of alternative ways to reduce costs.
Patients and families - In order to help us remain competitive with our pricing and maintain our efficiency:
- Bring your insurance card with you to your appointment so we can accurately file your claim for you.
- If your insurance plan requires a referral, make sure your primary care physician gives proper authorization for your visit to Children's Hospital.
- Understand that Children's Hospital clinics are not typical doctor's offices and your insurance might apply hospital outpatient charges to your deductible or insurance co-payment.
- Be prepared to pay your co-payment at the time of your visit.
- If your child was seen in the hospital or clinic, you might receive more than one bill. Children's Hospital bills for clinic staff, supplies, medical records, etc. The Medical College of Wisconsin bills for the physicians' services. You also may receive bills from other providers.
- To schedule or reschedule an appiuntment, call Central Scheduling, at (877) 607-5280 or (414) 607-5280 as soon as possible.
- Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so we can gather needed information from you before you see the doctor.
- Referring physicians can access our specialists for consultation or transport 24 hours a day. Call our physician referral line at (800) 266-0366.
- Health care providers from outside of our southeastern Wisconsin service area are encouraged to use our web-based
e-Consult service. This service is available for non-urgent patient cases only and gives providers access to our specialists to review patient cases, obtain medical advice or second opinions, and receive care recommendations for rare symptoms and illnesses.
e-Consult is not to be used by the general public, parents/guardians or families.
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