"In chronic conditions like diabetes… it’s a lifetime commitment to taking care of that illness, and it’s a commitment not only by the patient, but by the physician as well, to work together to improve their health."
‒ Dr. E. Harry WalkerMetroHealth Center for Community Health
20% of patients with diabetes don't properly monitor their blood sugar levels. On day-to-day basis, high levels can cause tiredness, blurred vision and cause more frequent illness -- and increase the risk of serious complications.
A new partnership between local employers and Lake Health is hoped to improve the services and ultimately the health of thousands of area individuals. The initiative is a pilot collaboration with the Lubrizol Corp., Lake County Schools Council, the Progressive Group of Insurance Companies and Lake Health to provide coordinated, patient-centered care for employees who receive care from a physician in the Lake Health Integrated Physician Hospital Enterprise. Read more.
A landmark step in health care transformation – payment reform – is here, paving the way for a major shift in how insurance companies pay health care providers in the near future. Greg Moody, Director of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation, will address The City Club on Tuesday, January 27, at 12:00 PM to present Ohio’s plan for change. Mr. Moody also will speak earlier at Better Health Greater Cleveland’s meeting to present its 14th report on the quality of health care in the region, also at The City Club.
The Office of Health Transformation is resetting the rules so the incentive is to keep people as healthy as possible, pay for what works to improve and maintain health, and shift from fee-for-service payments to population- and value-based payments that reward patient-centered care coordination and better health outcomes. Read the full news release.
MetroHealth's Medicaid waiver program delivered better care, better outcomes and better costs with population management approaches and care coordination. "All of the clinical outcomes are really amazing," said Randall D. Cebul, MD, in a 90.3 WCPN story featured on NPR August 5. Read or listen.
If a health system delivers more services to patients with chronic conditions, will it lose money or save money?To answer this question, the MetroHealth Medical Center, in Cleveland, is conducting a study of what it calls the Red Carpet Program. As the name suggests, MetroHealth is figuratively rolling out a red carpet for 150 patients with diabetes, hypertension, and heart failure and provide more care to these patients for 18 months. Then it will compare the before and after costs.
Amidst all the debate about healthcare in America are a couple of undeniable facts: We spend at least twice as much per capita as almost any other country; and countries that spend a lot less often have better health outcomes. One of the latest national efforts to address costs and benefits of medical treatments comes to Cleveland later this week. Read more or listen.
Doctors in Cleveland are offering proof that a robust primary care system is the way to reduce health care costs.
Better Health Greater Cleveland – a group of 55 primary care practices across eight health systems – reduced hospitalizations for patients with diabetes, hypertension, angina, or heart failure by 10% between 2009 and 2011 by improving the quality of primary care in the region. Read more.
The patient-centered medical home and the accountable care organization allow internists to do a better job caring for patients, and there is at least some early evidence that they may reduce the costs of care.
David Bronson, current president of the American College of Physicians, writes about Better Health Greater Cleveland.
Outpatient physician practices can play a key part in ensuring that patients have safe transitions in care and avoid preventable hospital readmissions, according to an American Medical Association report released in February.
Better Health Greater Cleveland, part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality initiative, reduced the number of cardiovascular hospitalizations in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, by an estimated 2,854 patients from 2009 through 2011, generating savings of $20.1 million, according to Better Health's 10th Community Health Checkup.
CLEVELAND – Better Health, a regional health improvement collaborative in northeast Ohio reported that hosptializations for cardiovascular conditions addressed by its programs fell by 10.7 percent in 2011, building on declines in 2009 and 2010. According to Better Health this is first time a decline in avoidable hospitalizations has been reported as a result of a regional health collaborative’s efforts.
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