We’re helping children’s hospitals across the country think through their transitions to value-based care and enhance population health management. 

No longer immune to changes in the health care industry, leaders at children’s hospitals today are grappling with a number of key challenges. The differentiating factors that have led to the robustness of children’s hospitals in the past—availability of key pediatric subspecialists, philanthropic and fundraising support, being the sole providers for tertiary and quaternary care for children in a large region—though still relevant, no longer guarantee future success.

Increasing competition from newly consolidated integrated delivery networks, changing reimbursement models, depleting research funding and growing shortages in the future workforce are all challenges that require far greater attention today than ever before. In order for children’s hospitals to continue to advance pediatric health care, much has to evolve.

Value-based care is placing a new emphasis on community partnerships and cross-continuum collaboration. As smaller community hospitals with existing neonatal and pediatric platforms increasingly face competing priorities and resource shortfalls, children’s hospitals with the right expertise and specialized staff have the opportunity to provide the missing link, ensuring that children can get the same quality of care in their community as they can in a city center.

Children’s hospitals know that in order to thrive, they must redefine what it means to offer the “right care at the right time, in the right place.” Those at the forefront are stepping out of the box, taking on new roles and leading the entire care continuum in the adoption of community networks and connective technologies. 

That’s where Kurt Salmon comes in. 

At Kurt Salmon, we believe maximizing assets (and locations) will be key: Patient and family demands for care convenience and accessibility, coupled with a greater emphasis on improving health outcomes, will require use of both a distributed and an integrated care delivery approach, leveraging technology to meet patients where they are.

At the same time, focusing on the patient will remain paramount, especially as lower-acuity patients move to affiliated outpatient settings and in-patient care needs for future patients grow increasingly complex. Improving outcomes for these children requires coordination across the entire care spectrum.

Finally, flexibility and adaptability will be essential. The need for greater care innovations in health care will push forward new care models and partnerships across and beyond the care continuum, requiring far greater interconnectivity than what is in place today.

Kurt Salmon has worked with more than 50 academic and children’s health systems over the last decade, and we have completed strategic, facility and technology planning engagements with 14 of the 15 U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll Hospitals. Our wide range of pediatric capabilities includes:

  • Strategic Development
  • Affiliations and Partnerships
  • Capital Asset Planning
  • Information Technology and Telehealth