Frequently Asked Questions about the BrightStart Program
Questions about BrightStart? You’re in the right place!
This introduction is designed to get you familiar with the basics of the BrightStart program. Of course, every patient we serve is unique and you may need more information specific to your needs. In the meantime, this should help.
Don’t see your question here? Please contact us! We’re happy to answer your questions, discuss your specific needs and provide you with more information about BrightStart Pediatrics.
What is a PPEC?
The acronym stands for Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care. In a PPEC center, children with special health care needs receive nursing intervention and medical supervision.
What qualifies a child for the PPEC program?
An infant or child who requires some form of nursing intervention is a candidate for the program. A physician signs an order for PPEC services to begin. Typical needs include:
Frequent medication administration (such as IV medications)
Is this a day care center?
The BrightStart PPEC is actually a nursing center – but often, parents and visitors get the impression of a day care. Infants and children in the program must have some form of nursing intervention. Staff caring for patients in the center are registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, aides and therapists with very specific pediatric experience.
Is this new?
PPEC centers have been active in Florida since 1995. PPEC centers are licensed and regulated by the State of Florida.
What areas does BrightStart serve?
We have two centers in Central Florida.
The Orlando center serves central and south Orlando and southern Orange County, along with Osceola and eastern Polk Counties. This includes Kissimmee, St Cloud and Poinciana.
The Sanford center serves Seminole county, along with western Volusia and eastern Lake Counties. This includes Sanford, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Casselberry, Deltona, Debary, Orange City and Deland.
Why is this good for my child?
PPEC offers so many advantages for a child with special health needs, but among the key benefits are:
PPEC centers are a more reliable health care option than home care services
PPEC centers offer socialization for the child, reducing the isolation of home care services
PPEC provides a central location for therapy services, promoting better coordination of care between nursing and therapy
Is my child at risk for getting sick in this environment?
No, they are not. Precautions and infection control procedures are based on protecting every patient in the center, as each is considered medically fragile.
Foremost, patients who are sick or have symptoms of an infectious condition may not attend the center. Daily assessments for each patient and monitoring throughout the day maintain the overall health of our patient population.
What ages does BrightStart serve?
Our primary focus at BrightStart Pediatrics is care for infants and children up to five years of age. BrightStart has limited availability for children outside this age group.
Who pays for PPEC?
Patients eligible for Florida Medicaid are fully covered for PPEC and therapy services. Many private insurances also cover services, depending on the plan. BrightStart works with families for coverage through private insurance.
Is transportation available?
Yes, families covered through Florida Medicaid may choose to use transportation that is coordinated through MTM and is available in most areas.
How does transportation work?
MTM provides vehicles and drivers to conduct safe and efficient transport. BrightStart Pediatrics provides an escort from our Transport Team to monitor the patients while in transit.
Are the pictures on your website actual BrightStart patients?
Yes they are! BrightStart takes great pride in bringing you real, fresh content on our website. We never use stock photography in our materials. Some children you see are current patients, some have already graduated from our program. We share updated photos and video on our What’s New page all the time, so check in there for more fun.
A lot of the babies and children in these pictures don’t look “medically fragile” – do they all need nursing care?
Yes – all of the photos are of BrightStart patients. Sometimes their nursing need is very visible, such as patients who have a tracheostomy. But very often the nursing need comes from something you can’t see: patients with G-tubes, or cardiac patients in various stages of surgical repair, patients who receive specialized treatments and medications for cystic fibrosis or seizures.
No matter what these pediatric patients need, they’re all just terrific kids. Outside their nursing needs they enjoy all the same things as babies and children who are not medically complex. We incorporate our unique style of nursing, therapy and love to help every child have a bright start.