A recent policy change established by Michigan Medicine is designed to provide optimal care and service for young adult patients.
Effective September 1, 2017, individuals requiring medical care prior to their 21st birthday will be cared for by pediatric specialists associated with C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends pediatric care be extended through an individual’s 21st birthday. The shift is also consistent with the policies of most major academic medical centers.
“Our pediatric providers are trained to provide care from birth through an individual’s 21st birthday, and even further into adulthood for some conditions that begin in childhood,” notes Marie Lozon, MD, pediatric emergency medicine physician and Associate Chief Clinical Officer.
“Young adulthood is an important time to reinforce the importance of preventative care and continuity of care. Extending access to pediatric care for these patients allows us to ensure continuity of care and best support patients during this important transition into adulthood.”
U-M providers work collaboratively across pediatric and adult services to transition patient care seamlessly as they approach their 21st birthday. Further, U-M providers are happy to assist patients in securing referrals to adult providers outside the region as needed.
New patients seeking care at an adult clinic prior to their 21st birthday will be assisted in connecting with the appropriate pediatric clinic. However, young adult patients already under the care of an adult specialist will not need to transition their care to a pediatric specialist.
For assistance choosing a pediatric provider or scheduling an appointment, call 877-475-MOTT (877-475-6688) or visit www.mottchildren.org.