The process of coordinating care involves the “deliberate organization of patient care activities between two or more participants (including the patient) involved in a patient’s care to facilitate the appropriate delivery of health care services.”
Optimal outcomes for children and youth, especially those with special health care needs, require interfacing among multiple care systems and individuals, including the following: medical, social, and behavioral professionals; the educational system; payers; medical equipment providers; home care agencies; advocacy groups; needed supportive therapies/services; and families.
Coordination of care across settings permits an integration of services that is centered on the comprehensive needs of the patient and family, leading to decreased health care costs, reduction in fragmented care, and improvement in the patient/family experience of care.
Remember: Coordinated care is not something that occurs solely within the walls of a medical practice. Efficient communication and coordination with appropriate community services and other providers or clinicians can optimize health outcomes and decrease fragmented care.
American Academy of Pediatrics