Patient-Centered Care Is Getting Results

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Two examples this week of patient-centered interventions that reduce cost growth and avoidable utilization. First, CDPHP’s medical home pilot chalked up an impressive $32 PMPM savings at the end of its first year as well as significant reductions in ER visits and hospital admissions. Its physicians are happier, too, thanks to a novel reimbursement approach that CDPHP’s Dr. Bruce Nash shared with us in a recent interview.

Higher physician satisfaction has already been reported from the Guided Care model, a physician-nurse team approach to primary care for the elderly with multiple chronic illnesses. In this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update, you’ll get the latest results from its 20-month randomized controlled trial, including its effect on the numbers of home health visits, SNF admissions and hospital readmissions by the populations it serves. Prior to the start of the trial, Dr. Chad Boult explained how Guided Care differs from the medical home approach.

As our fourth annual health and wellness incentives survey winds down, it looks like gift cards are the most popular incentive but not the most effective. To see what more than 150 healthcare organizations are doing in this area, take the survey by March 31.

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