For patients with cancer, palliative care should begin at diagnosis to help them shoulder the disease’s emotional, physical and financial burdens, explains Laura Ostrowsky, director of case management at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). However, for multiple reasons, referrals to hospice frequently happen too late for MSKCC patients to derive full benefit from that service.
In this episode of HealthSounds, Ms. Ostrowsky shares some key questions for integrated case managers to ask providers to improve timeliness of hospice referrals, patient and family satisfaction with hospice service, and awareness of end-of-life care. The strategy is one way MSKCC uses integrated case management to validate its worth in a value-based system: providing the best care in a quality-effective manner.
During Integrated Case Management: A New Approach to Transition Planning, an August 2017 webinar now available for replay, Ms. Ostrowsky outlines MSKCC’s use of a team-based case management model that follows patients as they transition across the health system.
To engage staff in its patient experience improvement action plan, UnityPoint Health defined four foundational behaviors expected of every team member (not just providers) across the organization.
In this podcast, Paige Moore, director of patient experience at UnityPoint Health, describes the rationale and rollout for the four behaviors, which are based on patient and visitor feedback and comments.
During Improving the Patient Experience: Engaging Front-line Staff for a System-Wide Action Plan, a July 2017 webinar now available for replay, Ms. Moore shares how the deployment of department-specific service action teams facilitated the switch from a top-down, leadership-driven patient experience improvement approach to one that engages front-line staff to own the process.
After choosing two validated tools to assess social determinants of health (SDOH) in its largely Medicaid and otherwise government-insured patients, Montefiore Health System allowed each physician practice to determine its target population for screening.
In this podcast, Dr. Amanda Parsons, MBA, vice president of community and population health at Montefiore Health System, explains the various screening approaches taken by the physicians, and how that multi-site strategy figures into the health system’s overall plans for SDOH interventions.
During Assessing Social Determinants of Health: Collecting and Responding to Data in the Primary Care Setting, a June 2017 webinar now available for replay, Dr. Parsons provides insight into her organization’s evolution of SDOH screening into an EPIC®-supported process.
To hold the line on hospital readmissions, a tri-county, skilled nursing facility (SNF) collaborative in Michigan evaluates 130 participating SNFs by a host of quality metrics the SNFs enter into a common data portal.
In this podcast, Susan Craft of the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), one of four collaborative founders, outlines a few SNF participation and reporting mandates that run the gamut from meeting attendance to LACE readmission risk scores.
During Reducing SNF Readmissions: Quality Reporting Metrics Drive Improvement, a May 2017 webinar now available for replay, Ms. Craft, director, care coordination, family caregiver program, HFHS Office of Clinical Quality & Safety, shared the key details behind this SNF collaborative, the program’s impact on readmission rates, and new readmission reduction targets derived from the program’s data analysis.
Among the myths surrounding care transitions management is the belief the intervention can be effectively executed pre-discharge or by phone only, explains Jennifer Drago, executive vice president of population health for Sun Health.
In this audio interview, Ms. Drago dispels this myth, outlining requirements for a professionally designed, evidence-based transitions of care program, and why inclusion of dedicated staff and home visits will enhance clinical outcomes and possibly save lives.
During A Leading Care Transitions Model: Addressing Social Health Determinants Through Targeted Home Visits, a March 2017 webinar now available for replay, Ms. Drago shared the key features of Sun Health’s care transitions program, which achieved the lowest readmissions rates in CMS’s recently concluded Community-Based Care Transitions Program.
Among other data, detail tables in a physician practice’s Quality Use and Resource Reports (QRURs) pinpoint specialist referral networks for Medicare beneficiaries, explains William Holding, consultant, PDA, Inc., which can help physician practices determine their highest value referral pathways.
In this audio interview, Holding explains the benefits of tapping CMS-generated QRUR reports to enhance performance under Merit-Based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS), one of two payment paths for physician reimbursement under MACRA.
During Physician MACRA Preparation: Using QRUR and Other CMS Data To Maximize Your Performance, a January 2017 webinar now available for replay, Holding and colleague Nancy Lane, president of PDA, Inc., share the critical steps physician practices should take when analyzing their QRUR data, along with details on other CMS data points that can help practices improve MIPS performance.
Working to bridge the gap between hospital discharge and permanent supportive housing for homeless patients, the California-based Chronic Care Plus program found that 40 percent of client needs are related to social determinants, explains Paul Leon, CEO of the Illumination Foundation, a Chronic Care Plus joint venture partner. In this audio interview, Leon explains the need to not only house patients but also to connect them to a plethora of social services, including mental health appointments.
During Intensive Care Coordination for Healthcare Super Utilizers: Community Collaborations Stabilize Medically Vulnerable Homeless Patients, a December 2016 webinar now available for replay, Mr. Leon shares the inside details of this recuperative care program that offers community-based stabilization for medically vulnerable chronically homeless patients, including program results and savings achieved.
Identifying social determinants of health (SDH) requires providers to probe beyond the scope of clinical data. But how can health teams ensure that patients and health plan members provide valid data during SDH assessments? In this audio interview, Dr. Randall Williams, chief executive officer, Pharos Innovations, describes three scenarios to build trust and encourage individuals to share sensitive information during SDH interactions.
During Social Determinants and Population Health: Moving Beyond Clinical Data in a Value-Based Healthcare System, a December 2016 webinar now available for replay, Dr. Williams shares his insight on the opportunity available to providers to impact population health beyond traditional clinical factors.
The engagement of patients, particularly those with multiple chronic conditions, continues to challenge healthcare providers.
However, as Steven Valentine, vice president of advisory consulting services for Premier Inc., explains in this podcast, clinicians actually have a host of tools at their fingertips to engage patients—tools they must employ in order to succeed in value-based healthcare.
During Trends Shaping the Healthcare Industry in 2017: A Strategic Planning Session, a November 2016 webinar now available for replay, Steven Valentine provides a roadmap to the key issues, challenges and opportunities for healthcare organizations in 2017.
Prior to enrollment in MACRA’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), physician practices should request their confidential Quality Use and Resource Report (QRUR) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for crucial performance feedback, advises Barry Allison, chief information officer, the Center for Primary Care.
In this podcast, Allison explains how to obtain a QRUR report, the origins of QRUR quality and cost data, and the benefits of leveraging QRUR feedback to improve the quality and efficiency of care delivered to attributed Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries and ultimately prosper under MACRA’s multi-pronged approach.
During Physician Chronic Care Management Reimbursement: Setting MACRA’s MIPS Path for 2017, an October 2016 webinar now available for replay, Mr. Allison shares his organization’s chronic care management reimbursement strategy and how this is guiding their preparation for MIPS in the year ahead.