Inside an ACO-Like Partnership

Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media , March 4, 2013

"We can get resources into those patients' homes to make sure they're getting the maximum care so that, frankly, they're getting the best outcomes and we're actually addressing the costs of care," says Swiegard.

"In our current world, which is transactional, we are always focused on the patient that is sitting in front of us, and many times they are the worried well, and we need to address the unworried sick at home that are not coming in for care, and through the reports, we'll be able to follow these people with really more impact on their health outcomes."

Once the new system is up and running this summer, IBC will measure Abington's hospital readmission rate, hospital acquired infections, as well as core measures from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Sweigard says Abington is aiming toward a goal of reducing readmission rates by 15% for high risk conditions.

"We're energized by the idea that we would be providing the kind of care to a patient that reliably gets them out correctly the first time and [having] programs in place to keep them comfortable in their homes," says Sweigard.

Jacqueline Fellows is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.
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