|Palliative care offers great potential to improve
and extend the lives of people with serious illness, allowing them
to get care at home if they wish, while controlling costs. In
addition to her considerable expertise and knowledge, Dr. Diane
Meier is an enthusiastic advocate for palliative care. She directs
the Center to Advance Palliative Care in addition to her position on
the faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New
York City. Among many awards, she won a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship. Hear from Dr. Meier about the potential of palliative care and how
it could benefit seriously ill Connecticut Medicaid members.
Evidence is growing that we cannot fix our health care system without addressing the needs of the small number of patients with very complex and costly health problems. Luckily Connecticut can learn from other programs across the US as we build reforms for our state and our Medicaid program. On this webinar we heard from Clemons Hong, MD, MPH; in addition to coordinating complex care management programs on the ground, Dr. Hong has written extensively about lessons learned across the country.
|Hear Peter VanLoon, of AccessHealthCT, and Subramanian Muniasamy of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, described how sharing resources and lessons between their states has helped both exchanges improve over the last two years.|
|Peter VanLoon||Subramanian Muniasamy|
Berenson, MD of the Urban Institute as he explains health care
payment reform options. Dr. Berenson will focus particularly on
shared savings models as Connecticut is considering for both the Medicaid
health neighborhood pilots and the larger SIM plan.
|Bob Berenson, MD|
Join us for a webinar with National Committee for Quality Assurance experts Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 1 pm to learn about their patient-centered medical home recognition standards updated for 2014. NCQA has the most widely adopted standards, with a growing list of 1,009 certified PCMHs in Connecticut. There is substantial evidence linking nationally recognized PCMHs with the triple aim of improving patient experience of care, improving health outcomes, and controlling costs. One in three CT Medicaid consumers is now served in a nationally certified PCMH and enjoying better quality of care, improved access and lowered costs since the adoption of PCMHs in the program. NCQA has invested over $9 million in continual improvements to their standards and employs dozens of staff to oversee the recognition process. Learn more about NCQA’s national resources that Connecticut can draw on to provide value to our state.
|CrystalRun Healthcare is one of seven NCQA accredited ACOs in the nation. NCQA requires robust quality improvement systems for accreditation, including under-service monitoring. Learn how CrystalRun Healthcare uses physician variation as a clue to reduce costs and improve access. They have reduced per patient costs by 7.6% without compromising outcomes over 2 years by decreasing the number of visits per patient, without impacting outcomes or quality, they were able to serve more patients - in essence increasing their workforce by 2.5 doctor/equivalents. Panelists include Co-Chief Clinical Transformation Officers Jonathan Nasser, MD Division Leader, Pediatrics, and Scott Hines, MD Medical Specialties Medical Director.||
Jonathan Nasser, MD
Scott Hines, MD
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Integrating Pharmacists in the Patient-centered Medical Home: Marghie Giuliano, RPH, CAE – Connecticut Pharmacists Association, Marie Smith, PharmD – UConn School of Pharmacy, Tom Buckley, RPh, MPH – UConn and CPA