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Congenital Heart Defect


In the United States, nearly 40,000 infants are born with some type of Congenital Heart Defect (“CHD”). Of those 40,000, approximately 25% require invasive surgery or other complex treatment every year.  For instance, in 2010, 20,636 people underwent surgery for CHD, 55% of which were newborns or infants, and 38% were between the ages of 1 and 18.   In 2009, the hospital cost for care performed on children with CHD was $1.5 billion.

Given the complexity and high costs of CHD procedures, they, like transplants, are also best controlled by using surgical providers with proven experience. When credentialing providers in our "Centers of Excellence" style transplant network, INTERLINK selects heart programs which also have proven experience in other complex heart procedures. The CHD COE network includes the very best pediatric heart programs, so INTERLINK’s clients are ensured that their members will be receiving the best possible care, which will translate into short and long term cost savings.

Feel free to contact INTERLINK for more in depth information regarding our CHD COE Network and CHD surgery in general, at 800-599-9119!