Care Management’s Role in Health Reform

Thursday, June 4th, 2009
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Care management and care transitions are critical to achieving cost savings in healthcare, according to a panel discussion in conjunction with this week’s National Medicare Readmissions Summit and the 2009 Medicaid Congress.

“Getting to the Value Quandrant of Healthcare Reform,” sponsored by Pharos Innovations, highlighted several programs already achieving positive returns from a more focused approach to care management.

Dr. Joseph Kdevar, founder and director of the Center for Connected Health at Partners Healthcare, shared results from a program at Partners that provided accurate information on patient diagnosis to the physicians that was reported back to the patient in a manner that was motivating to the patient combined with data-driven coaching, which resulted in significant reductions in
readmission rates.

Dr. Tom Kline, medical director for Iowa Medicaid Enterprises, highlighted results from a program that monitored heart failure patients in Iowa’s Medicaid population that achieved significant reductions in hospitalizations among a population with its own inherent health management challenges.

In next week’s issue of the Disease Management Update, we’ll share insight from Dr. Ken Thorpe, professor and chair, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and former deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the toolkit needed for health reform.

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