Quality and Care Transformation

Seattle Children’s Care Network (SCCN) aims to enhance the health and well-being of children in the community across the continuum of care through safe, timely, efficient, effective, equitable, and family-centered primary, specialty, and inpatient care. SCCN uses improvement science to develop, monitor, and evaluate quality and care transformation programs and provides coaching, program management, and data analytics support to SCCN practices. The SCCN Quality and Care Transformation committee oversees the quality and care transformation initiatives and monitors progress towards quality measure targets.

Core Quality Program

  • Value-Based Contracting: Collaborates with health plan and MCO partners to develop and implement innovative, advanced payment models that reward population health management and value-based care principles
  • Quality Improvement:
    • Offers network-wide quality improvement projects where providers are eligible to receive Maintenance of Certification Part IV and continuing medical education credit
    • Promotes and monitors use of clinical practice guidelines, with emphasis on AAP Bright Futures Guidelines and United States Preventive Task Force for health promotion and prevention, as well as other evidence-based best practice standards and recommendations including AAP published and endorsed policies and Choosing Wisely.
  • Data Reporting and Analytics: Creates network and practice-level reports to monitor quality measures and program goals, including quality measure dashboards, ED visit reports, top 10 diagnosis report, HCC/MARA risk scorecards, etc.

Quality and Care Transformation Programs

  • Behavioral Health: Assists practices to establish and sustain integrated behavioral health program which promotes universal screening and early recognition of behavioral health conditions and expands behavioral health access by providing appropriate services within primary care
  • Healthcare Equity: Develops and implements strategies to mitigate healthcare disparities by partnering with Seattle Children’s Center for Diversity and Health Equity and Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI) Practice Based Research Network Health Equity Learning Laboratory.
  • Care Management: Provides centralized care management, care coordination, and navigation support to integrate the patient, primary care providers, specialty providers, and health plans to improve medical and behavioral health outcomes for at risk patient populations such as patients with medical complexity and/or health related social needs.
  • Reducing Emergency Department Disparities: Reduces health disparities by ensuring patients have a follow-up appointment scheduled after being discharged from an emergency department suicide ideation, suicide attempt, or self-harm
  • Medical Home: Guides and supports practices to implement, sustain and improve medical home standards and achieve Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition when feasible, including assisting clinics to successfully integrate pediatric specific evidence-based clinical practice guidelines into their practices.
  • Antibiotic Stewardship: Promotes appropriate use of antimicrobials, improves patient outcomes, and reduces microbial resistance by providing clinical algorithms, antibiotic usage data, quality improvement projects, and latest research
  • Research: Participates as a founding member of the Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Practice Based Research Network, facilitating clinical research that is of importance to primary care

Integrated Behavioral Health

The SCCN partners with Seattle Children’s Hospital to establish financially sustainable Integrated Behavioral Health models in pediatric primary care practices with the ability to concomitantly earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits for board certification.


Seattle Children’s Care Network (SCCN) and Seattle Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine launched an innovative Pediatric Integrated Behavioral Health Initiative in collaboration with the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (both the AIMS Center and the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

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