Andrew M. Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), visited The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to learn about the impact of CHOP’s primary care and specialized services on pediatric patients enrolled in Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

During the June 30 visit, Slavitt toured CHOP’s Karabots Pediatric Care Center in West Philadelphia, where 80 percent of patients are enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP.

The visit included a tour and discussion at the Integrated Care Service program at CHOP where care for medically complex children is coordinated by a team of dedicated physicians led by Annique Hogan, MD. Many of these patients, requiring extraordinary depth and breadth of care, are enrolled in Medicaid.

Following the tour, the CMS delegation, which included representatives from CMS Region III headquarters in Philadelphia — including CMS Regional Administrator Nancy O’Connor, as well as officials from CMS headquarters — participated in a roundtable discussion with CHOP leadership, including President and CEO Madeline Bell and CFO Tom Todorow. The group discussed the complex intersection of national health policy with CHOP’s frontline pediatric clinical operations.