Care Management Cornerstone of Patient-Centered Care

Monday, January 10th, 2011
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) sanctioned by Medicare’s Shared Savings Program will launch in one year. Around the country, payors and providers are framing their own ACOs. This week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update examines the challenges of building Colorado’s ACO for Medicaid beneficiaries, which is designed to address health and cost containment goals.

Expected to launch this month, this medical home-ACO hybrid should provide both a focal point of care or medical home for all clients and unprecedented levels of data and analytics.

According to research published in the May 2010 edition of Health Affairs, a hallmark of a successful medical home is a dedicated, trained non-physician care manager to coordinate patient care. Our own 2010 market research on case management found that 12 percent of healthcare organizations co-locate case managers in a primary care practice.

This week we launch our second annual survey on healthcare case management, which we expect will provide more valuable data on case management tasks, benefits and ROI. We invite you to take the survey by January 31 so you can receive a summary of the data once it is compiled.

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