Multidisciplinary Pediatric Aerodigestive Center (MPAC)- Program Overview
The aerodigestive tract is not well understood by many people. It is made up of the combined organs and tissues of the respiratory tract and of the upper part of the digestive tract. This includes the lips, mouth, tongue, nose, throat, vocal cords, and part of the esophagus and windpipe. Because of this, treating these diseases can be very complicated.
The first concern is figuring out who should be seeing your child. Depending on the diagnosis and symptoms, your child may need to see a gastroenterologist for stomach complaints, a pulmonary provider for lung problems, an ear, nose and throat (ENT) provider for airway considerations, or a pediatric surgeon. In most cases, it will be some combination of these specialists who will work with your child.
In addition, your child may see other professional staff, including those in social work, speech and language pathology, nutrition, respiratory therapy and nursing. Especially during the early phases of treatment, it is likely that your child would need to have tests done at different areas throughout the hospital.
The Multidisciplinary Pediatric Aerodigestive Center (MPAC) brings all of these different people and places together under one roof. This close collaboration among specialists creates advantages for your family:
- One appointment, at one location, will let you see all the necessary doctors and care providers.
- Your child has to undergo anesthesia only once for evaluation, instead of multiple times for each specialty.
- All specialists share a single patient record and develop a collaborative treatment plan.
- We can maintain unsurpassed continuity of care throughout the entire length of treatment.
- At the same time, we never forgot that your child is unique. The care team at Children’s Health evaluates the individual needs of each patient collaboratively, and includes a review of the patient’s medical history and current symptoms. From there, a care plan is developed. It coordinates the patient’s visits, tests and surgery with the family needs in mind. This saves time and ensures that medical treatment offers the best outcome.
What to Expect
- Your physician will refer your child to our center and our referral coordinator will contact you.
- The nurse practitioner or physician assistant will call you to get background information, coordinate a plan for your visit and identify what needs to be addressed at your appointment.
- We will then contact your insurance company to make sure the evaluation is covered by your insurance plan. Once we receive approval from your insurance company, you will be contacted to schedule your visit.