Pediatric Observation Units

PRG experts in observation medicine can partner with your organization to optimize an existing observation or short-stay unit or support your hospital every step of the way in creating a new unit.

Payers and hospitals are increasingly seeking cost effective alternatives to traditional inpatient care. PRG can assess the feasibility of a pediatric observation or short-stay unit, optimize the operations of an existing unit, or assist in the implementation of a new unit. PRG’s observation medicine experts have developed units from conception to go-live and are medical directors of observation units at academic medical centers and community sites.

Potential areas for deeper assessment and intervention:

  • Business case for the unit
  • Ideal location: ED extension or med-surg based
  • Operational policies and procedures
  • Inclusion and exclusion criteria
  • Staffing model: ED physicians, general pediatricians, hospitalists, APPs
  • Revenue cycle: charges, billing, collections, facility side and professional fees
  • Ancillary services and other support for the unit
  • Outcomes and metrics to track
  • Communication and education plan