Improving Care for High-Need, High-Cost Patients: The View from a Community Health Worker and a Social Worker
In this blog post, a community health worker and social worker from CareMore Health share their perspective on the importance of their roles in lowering costs and improving outcomes for high-need patients.
This blog post highlights opportunities for providers to implement medications for addiction treatment programs during COVID-19.
Play: Implementing a Harm Reduction Approach to Medications for Addiction Treatment in Outpatient Settings
Medications for addiction treatment (MAT) is an effective tool for the treatment of opioid use disorder. MAT providers are increasingly embracing harm reduction strategies in their clinical practice in order to expand access to MAT and further improve patients’ quality of life. Harm reduction is a set of principles and strategies that seek to minimize the risks associated with drug use, including: Health and dignity of people who use drugs. Participant-centered services. Participant involvement in the programs and policies that serve the community. Participant autonomy. Consideration of...
This blog post describes how two health plans — Anthem, Inc. and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield —organizations introduced a palliative care measure into their hospital value-based payment programs, which has led to significant improvements in access to palliative care for their seriously ill members.
In this blog post, Cambridge Health Alliance, a public ambulatory care and hospital system in the Boston area, details their proactive approach to initiating goals of care conversations with high-risk patients in their respiratory clinic.
This blog post by David Labby, MD, PhD, health strategy advisor at Health Share of Oregon, outlines how the COVID-19 response presents key opportunities for health systems to build new relationships and approaches needed for a recovery-oriented approach to complex care.
Medicare Advantage Plans have a Unique Opportunity to Provide Needed Non-Medical, Health-Related Services During COVID-19
This blog post highlights opportunities for MA plans to provide non-medical supplemental benefits during COVID-19 — including in-home supports, meal and grocery deliveries, home modifications, and transitional supports — to help Medicare beneficiaries shelter at home.
In this blog post, Melanie Bella, MBA, chief of new business and policy at Cityblock Health and former director of the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, explores implications of the current moment to influence the future landscape for integrating Medicare and Medicaid services.
One Community Health has been providing innovative health care in a rural region of the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the health center partnered with OCHIN to rapidly transform its care delivery model, implementing new virtual care tools to safely and effectively serve vulnerable patients with complex needs through the pandemic and beyond.
How Can Health Systems Help Older Adults Address Social Isolation and Loneliness? A Conversation with The John A. Hartford Foundation’s Terry Fulmer
This blog post features a conversation with Terry Fulmer, president of the John A. Hartford Foundation, who explores the NASEM report findings and discuss potential solutions for older adults experiencing social isolation and loneliness — both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.