Children’s Medical Services (CMS) is a program designed to assure that eligible children with chronic medical conditions receive specialty medical care in Georgia. Children (birth to 21 years of age) with eligible medical conditions, who live in Cobb or Douglas counties and meet income eligibility, may receive comprehensive care coordination.
CMS services are family-centered, culturally / linguistically competent and community-based. Care coordination provides referrals to medical specialist and diagnostic testing, links to community resources and assistance to apply for resources such as State and Charity financial aid and medication assistance programs.
Some examples of eligible medical conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Cardiac, Chronic Lung (including asthma & cystic fibrosis)
- Craniofacial anomalies (including cleft lip and/or palate)
- Orthopedic and neuromuscular (including cerebral palsy, scoliosis & amputations)
- Diabetes, gastrointestinal, hearing and vision (cataracts, glaucoma, amblyopia & strabismus)
- Spina Bifida, neurological and neurosurgical (including epilepsy & hydrocephalus)
For more information about eligible conditions and services call:
- For children under age 5 years, 770-514-2759
- For children age 5-21 years, 770-432-0578
“Franco” is a beautiful little boy who first visited Children’s Medical Services (CMS) at two weeks of age. He was born missing the lower part of one leg, and his devastated parents couldn’t process their orthopedist’s recommendation to amputate. Working with Shriners Hospitals for children, CMS staff helped get Franco’s family a second opinion and link them with other families seeking counsel under similar circumstances. When CMS most recently saw Franco, he was scooting about happily after below-the-knee amputation. His family was working with CMS staff to be linked to medical and financial resources for a prosthesis and physical therapy services. Franco’s story illustrates how CMS can work to provide quality specialty health care services to low-income Georgia children birth to 21 with chronic medical conditions.