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Chemotherapy/Radiation Therapy Patients

People who are undergoing treatment for cancer or other diseases that involves the application of chemical reagents which have a specific and toxic effect upon cancer cells or other disease-causing organisms; or the use of radioactive substances including radioactive isotopes and ionizing radiation to destroy diseased cells or keep them from reproducing.

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Children With Medical Complexity

Children with two or more severe chronic health conditions affecting multiple organ systems. Many such children have functional limitations, require round the clock care and rely on durable medical equipment, assistive devices and prescriptions to maximize development, promote functionality and survive. The type, intensity and consistency of these manifestations may change dynamically over the life of the child depending on a variety of medical, psychosocial and community factors. The children typically require the care of a primary care physician working as part of a multidisciplinary team that may include psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, nutritionists, social workers, home nurses, pharmacists and other professionals. The child's service needs have a significant impact on the family unit, specifically the time devoted to direct care and the care coordination, the frequent provider visits and the financial burden, but also on the health care system. While less than 1 percent of all children are considered medically complex, they account for 55 percent of all inpatient costs in children's hospitals and 85 percent of all 30-day readmission rates.

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People who are in the process of recovering from an illness, injury or surgery.

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Individuals whose treatment requires that they occupy a bed in a hospital or other inpatient setting for at least one night.

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Nursing Facility Residents

Individuals who have recently been released from the hospital, are recovering from an illness or injury, have chronic illnesses or disabilities, or are frail elderly and require constant medical support, and who are residing in an intermediate care facility, a skilled nursing facility, a subacute care nursing facility or a special care inpatient unit.

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Individuals who receive treatment at a hospital, clinic or dispensary but are not hospitalized.

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Pediatric Patients

Individuals, usually from infancy through young adulthood, who are ill and are receiving inpatient or outpatient care. Also included are children who have no demonstrable illness but are being investigated for signs of pathology such as altered blood chemical values or physical changes such as asymptomatic cardiovascular abnormalities.

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Surgical Patients

Individuals who are in the process of making a decision about surgery, are scheduled for surgery or have gone through surgery and are in the recovery/rehabilitation process.

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