Delivering Integrated Care and Cost Management
The IHTC works collaboratively with payors to optimize care. We ensure that the patients and families we serve have access to care and therapies, thereby helping to contain costs and reduce both bleeding events and utilization of resources.
The IHTC Pharmacy’s ability to purchase clotting factor through the Public Health Service 340B discount program and our overall pricing structure benefit payors and patients by dispensing clotting factor at significantly reduced prices.
Sickle Cell Emergencies
Patients with sickle cell disease are taught to look for symptoms that could indicate an underlying emergency condition. The presence of any symptoms requires immediate evaluation by a medical provider. These include a fever greater than 100°F, chest pain, cough, or shortness of breath. Acute onset of anemia can cause weakness, shortness of breath, or dizziness. Abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting may indicate an emergency involving the spleen. Respiratory infection with a productive cough, symptoms of a urinary tract infection, or unusually severe headaches should all be evaluated by a health care provider.
Children may not be able to express these symptoms as clearly. Therefore, it is extremely important that children with fever greater than 100°F be evaluated by a medical provider, either in the clinic, or in the emergency room. Other signs of a possible complication are chills, lethargy (excessive tiredness, or “droopy”), irritability, poor feeding, or vomiting. These signs also warrant further evaluation by a medical provider.