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Prescribed pediatric extended care for children with medical complexity – the solution Minnesota needs.

Prescribed pediatric extended care (PPEC) is a proven, innovative model that will improve access to care for families seeking an alternative choice to prolonged hospital stays when nursing is unavailable. Support H.F. 1522/S.F. 1970 to provide this crucial service for our most vulnerable population.

When a child has access to a PPEC, they can spend their days at the center with peers while receiving medical care

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Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Facility

And come home at the end of the day to enjoy evenings with family and sleep at home – just like any child

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Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Child at Home

What is a PPEC?

  • A center that provides nursing services and support to children with a medical complexity for up to 12.5 hours per day
  • A dependable, safe alternative to home care nursing
  • A team approach to care by combining trained caregivers and registered nurses to care for the child
  • A holistic approach to caring for a child with medical complexity
  • A place to provide ongoing family training and build confidence for the child’s transition off of services and into the community

Why a PPEC?

  • Patients want to discharge from the hospitals and need dependable care options
  • Provides cost savings to the state as compared to prolonged hospital stays due to lack of nursing
  • It is an innovative solution to the healthcare workforce crisis
  • Creates career growth opportunities for direct care workers
  • This model is used in states across the U.S.

States Where a PPEC Facility Currently Exists

States in the US where prescribed pediatric extended care centers currently exist
Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a PPEC help integrate the child into the community?

It allows a child to discharge from a hospital institution to their home with their  family.

The facility not only supports the child’s medical needs, but their social,  educational (pre-k), and developmental needs to help them become more independent in their communities.

How many hours does a child spend at the PPEC?

This varies for each child and is determined by the physician.

The facility will be open for a maximum of 12.5 hours per day to accommodate  parent work schedules, as well as before and after school options.

How long will a child use PPEC services?

The length of time a child uses this service varies for each child based on their  ongoing need for medical interventions as determined by their physician.

Each child is reassessed on a regular interval with the goal for many to graduate  from the program. Some of the more medically complex children may have an ongoing need.

Does a child have to choose between the PPEC or Home Care Nursing to receive their nursing care?

The facility provides an additional option to receive services in a community-based setting.

The physician and parent may choose PPEC, home care nursing, or a  combination to best meet the needs of each child.