Recap of Webinar: ‘Care Redesign: Lowering Costs While Improving Patient Outcomes’

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As more Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) are formed and as value-based reimbursement arrangements between payers and providers expand, the need for assessing non-traditional drivers of health outcomes, leveraging payer, provider and community resources and enhancing collaboration between patients, providers and payers are becoming key to improving outcomes and managing costs.

Our Thursday, October 26, 2017, Harry Merkin, VP of Marketing at our sponsor partner HealthEdge teamed up with Barbara Berger, VP of Care Management at First Care Health Plans, to present “Care Redesign: Lowering Costs While Improving Patient Outcomes,” HealthEdge’s entry in this month’s HCEG Webinar Series.  The webinar presented innovative, real-world examples of how First Care Health Plans is improving member outcomes and lowering their cost of care via three primary approaches:

  1. Collaborating with providers and health systems
  2. Partnering with community resources
  3. Making critical information available to key stakeholders

Addressing Discontinuances of Care

Barbara shared that, while the high volume, time-sensitive nature of healthcare delivery often leads to a discontinuance of care delivery and management between the silos in which payers and providers often operate, the increased data sharing associated with the emergence of ACO’s and value-based reimbursement and care models are helping to align care provided by providers and health plan payers. Examples of balancing the proper people, processes and technologies were shared.

Population Assessments and Social Determinants of Health

Barbara emphasized the importance of carefully and thoroughly assessing an individual’s health care, behavioral and social needs as part of a periodic, recurring population assessment and how doing so can have a key, beneficial impact to healthcare outcomes.  And with “Social Determinants of Health” forming the basis (bottom) of Maslow’s Triangle of Needs, First Care is starting to include an assessment of member’s social determinants of health in their population assessment program. Factors such as the following are included in the population assessment:

  1. Access to Healthcare Services
  2. Access to Food
  3. Access to Local Community Resources
  4. Access to Transportation Options
  5. Public Safety
  6. Financial Status

After Barbara shared her insight on this currently popular topic, Harry Merkin stated: “The phrase ‘social determinants of health’ is no longer a buzzword!”

Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Barbara shared an overview about First Care’s “Expecting the Best Maternity Program” that combines case management and utilization management to complement care provided by physicians while guiding and supporting members – and their family – through member pregnancies; particularly high-risk pregnancies.

Besides services such as assistance with locating medical providers, toll-free 24/7 access to a clinician and a package of select products and services aimed at supporting pregnant women, the program also includes an innovative “Nurse-Family Partnership” where a First Care nurse is paired with an expecting family to help the patient and her immediate family members understand and manage the pregnancy. First Care nurses regularly reach out to ask questions on how the pregnancy is progressing and answer any questions the patient and family may have.

The program has resulted in a significant per decrease in NICU maternity admissions.

The Recording, The Content and More Insight from HealthEdge

The webinar presented three considerations for payer-provider population health programs:

  1. Be methodical about population assessment
  2. Integrate People, Process and Technology with Providers
  3. Use value-based contracts to align vision of member/patient care

You can learn more about how collaborating with providers and health systems, partnering with community resources and making critical information available to key stakeholders can improve outcomes and lower costs by checking out this recording of the webinar and these few slides from the presentation. If you would like more information or if you have any questions on the content of this webinar, please feel free to contact HealthEdge too.

More Information

HealthEdge Website

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First Care Website

First Care on Twitter

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How Total Consumer Health is Impacted by Technology and the Human Touch

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healthcare executive group hceg medica healthedge total consumer health MACRA MIPS APM social determinants of health“Total Consumer Health” means improving ones overall medical, social, financial, and environmental well-being and was identified by HCEG members as the second item on the 2017 HCEG Top 10 list of priorities, challenges and opportunities facing healthcare executives.

Leveraging Medical, Social and Other Data

As value-based care continues to impact the provision of key healthcare services, health plans and providers are seeing an urgent need for improved collaboration centering on the individual member. Total consumer health increasingly relies on innovative technology systems to incorporate data based on life issues and social determinants of health. Providers and care givers must assess, capture and integrate key information that goes beyond mere observation.

By leveraging a mix of actionable data insights and on-the-ground support, health plans are in position to integrate critical technology with a high touch and hyper local approach to care coordination. Total consumer health outcomes are improved when key social determinants are combined with important medical information.

Learn more on Wednesday, April 19th at 2:00pm EDT

 

Join Dr. Alan Spiro, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer at Medica, and Harry Merkin, Vice President of Marketing at HealthEdge to learn:value based care total consumer health social determinants of health

  • The appropriate balance between high and low tech options for care coordination
  • How to incorporate innovative tools and methods to address social determinants of health and other factors
  • Real-world examples of innovative collaborative arrangements that are making a positive impact on outcomes

Presenters

Dr. Alan Spiro, MD, MBA – Chief Medical Officer, Medica

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Spiro has overall responsibility for the work of Medica’s Health Management segment. This includes working with Medica’s provider partners to develop new models of collaboration aimed at improving quality, patient experience and value. It also includes working with Health Management staff and leaders from other Medica segments to build on the work currently underway to improve the quality and cost of health care.  Follow Medica on Twitter.

Harry Merkin – Vice President, Marketing, HealthEdge

Harry Merkin is a senior marketing executive and is responsible for the company’s demand generation programs, strategic partnerships, product marketing and thought leadership initiatives. He also frequently represents HealthEdge as a speaker at industry conferences and events. Harry has collaborated with many transformative entities across the healthcare landscape including both payers and providers. Follow HealthEdge on Twitter.