February 17, 2009
Vol. I, No. 11
Sponsored By: NATIONAL MEDICAL HOME SUMMIT
The Leading Forum on the Development and Implementation of the Patient-Centered Medical Home
A Hybrid Conference, Internet Event and Training Tool
March 2 - 3, 2009
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IBM, UnitedHealthcare and Providers to Collaborate in Arizona PCMH Pilot
UnitedHealthcare and IBM will collaborate with select PCP practices in Arizona to launch a pilot program in the medical home model of care for 7,000 patients. Open to UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid health plan customers, the pilot will include four to six primary care practices from UnitedHealthcare’s physician network in Phoenix and Tucson. The insurer will provide the practices with technology, infrastructure support and care coordination, to enhance patient access to care, the quality and safety of the care experience and patient satisfaction with healthcare providers.
Participating doctors will receive a quarterly management fee for overseeing their patients’ care and will be eligible for bonuses based on quality measures like keeping a patient happy, following established treatment guidelines and being able to avoid hospital stays.
The collaborators expect the PCMH model of care will assist in lowering overall healthcare costs for patients and their employers by reducing ER visits, hospitalizations and disabilities that result from the lack of immediate access to primary care.
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HealthSounds Podcast: Medical Home Assignment Empowers Patients
Patient involvement and collaboration with providers are the keys to any successful medical home assignment — so that patients not only understand the benefits and services of the medical home but also how this model of care can empower them, explains Dr. Anita Murcko, medical director of clinical informatics and provider adoption with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) in this audio interview.
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Teaching Med Students Principles of Patient-Centered Care
A new report sponsored by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation recommends that the nation’s medical schools reform their educational model because "it too often fails to give new physicians the right mix of competencies and experiences to practice medicine effectively." Geared toward skills physicians will need in the medical home, "Revisiting the Medical School Educational Mission at a Time of Great Expansion" recommends that medical schools should:
Targeting Depression through Disease Management
Depression is often comorbid with other chronic illnesses. Nearly 6 percent of men and almost 10 percent of women worldwide will experience a depressive episode in any given year, and in America alone, approximately 18.8 million adults suffer from depression. This white paper summarizes the results of a 2008 HIN e-survey in which 250 healthcare professionals shared how their organizations target depression as part of their DM initiatives.
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