Superior HealthPlan has designated MD Kids Pediatrics as a Foster Care Center of Excellence, the first provider to receive the recognition in El Paso. All three MD Kids Pediatrics clinics earned the distinction for their quality program initiatives that support children and youth in foster care.
“At MD Kids Pediatrics we are committed to providing the highest standard of patient care for all children of El Paso,” said Dr. Jessica Rymer, MD, a pediatrician at MD Kids in El Paso. “We are excited to have this opportunity to continue to provide compassionate care for children in the foster care system.”
Launched in 2017, Superior’s Foster Care Center of Excellence initiative is designed to raise the level of care received by its foster care members in the STAR Health program. To qualify, providers must meet more than 60 criteria, including quality improvement initiatives, program processes, and staff requirements.
MD Kids Pediatrics offers accessible and specialized pediatric care, focusing on preventive services to provide healthier, lifelong outcomes for children from birth through infancy and adolescence. Virtual visits as well as extended and weekend hours are available for patient convenience and their board-certified pediatricians are dedicated to meeting the health needs of children in El Paso.
MD Kids Pediatrics also partners with Superior to complete requirements through the STAR Health 3 in 30 program. This initiative helps caregivers and caseworkers get children and youth in foster care the care they need faster. It consists of a medical exam within three (3) days of entering conservatorship, a Texas Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS 2.0) Comprehensive (Child Welfare) Assessment within 30 days, and a Texas Health Steps medical exam within 30 days.
“Superior is proud to add MD Kids Pediatrics to our growing list of Foster Care Centers of Excellence across Texas,” said Dr. David Harmon, Chief Medical Director at Superior. “Children and youth in foster care need access to comprehensive health care and other support services, and our commitment to developing a strong network with high-quality providers should strengthen our ability to meet these needs.”
Superior now has ten Foster Care Centers of Excellence in Texas. MD Kids Pediatrics joins the following clinics to receive the designation:
Superior Healthplan evaluates and names each Foster Care Center of Excellence for providing exceptional crucial services like urgent care and therapy to children and youth in foster care. Click here to learn about Superior HealthPlan’s Foster Care Centers of Excellence. To learn more about MD Kids Pediatrics, visit www.mdmedicalgroup.us/locations/md-kids-pediatrics