|[November 15, 2012]
Medica Recognizes Three Provider Groups with Innovation Awards for Role-Based Redesigns in Care Delivery
MINNETONKA, Minn. --(Business Wire)--
Medica today announced winners of its fifth-annual "Raising the Bar"
innovation awards for providers. Award winners received $25,000 each and
a plaque recognizing their achievement. The winners are Fairview
Partners, St. Mary's Care Center and South Lake Pediatrics.
The 2012 Raising the Bar awards recognize innovations in redesigning
roles and responsibilities in healthcare delivery.
"A lot of exciting work by providers is happening in Minnesota in
advancing the triple aim of improving care, increasing patient
satisfaction and ultimately decreasing the cost of health care," said
Jim Guyn, M.D., Medica vice president and senior medical officer. "Our
'Raising the Bar' award winners each effectively demonstrated that by
getting people to think about their work differently while partnering
with others better and more efficiently, the triple aim can be achieved.
We congratulate them all for making a positive impact on the healthcare
Following are descriptions of each of the award winner's programs:
Fairview Partners, a family practice in Edina, Minn., developed a
model of care that integrated "NetClinic," a Skype (News - Alert)-like program for
virtual visits that allows remote face-to-face interaction between
primary care providers and their elderly patients at home or in assisted
living. Care coordinators were actively involved in mking the unique
outreach successful. Virtual visits enabled medication therapy
management (MTM), interpreter services, behavioral consults and
physician consults - achieving not only high patient satisfaction but
reduced ER use, interpreter use, and hospitalizations. MTM alone
resulted in savings of $75,000 per year for a cohort of assisted living
St. Mary's Care Center, a nursing home in Winsted, Minn., created
a bariatric care recovery program to serve obese patients, focusing on
rehabilitation for them before they return safely home, and a safe
environment for those requiring long-term complex skilled care. This
purpose-driven, condition-specific rehab program helped prevent
re-hospitalization by providing safety for patients needing complex
skilled care, adding five days in short-term unit stays year over year
that saved nearly $14,000 more per patient (vs. hospital stays).
South Lake Pediatrics of Minnetonka, Minn., designed a
depression care management program for children in its pediatric medical
clinics, fostering collaboration between primary care and mental health
providers to achieve timely, appropriate mental health care.
Standardized care coordination, a new Director of Mental Health Services
position, integrated depression-care treatment protocols, and an
expanded mental health registry helped make this collaborative
integration of care effective. As a result, the hospitalization rate for
depression was 61% lower than outside the program.
The winners received their awards during a dinner and ceremony Tuesday,
November 13, 2012.
With its "Raising the Bar" innovation awards, Medica seeks to recognize
the work of provider groups - from single-site practices to healthcare
systems - that are undergoing unique changes to improve patient care,
with proven results. Medica established its provider innovation awards
in 2008 to recognize the provider community's work in defining
Serving about 1.5 million members, Medica is a
health insurance company headquartered in Minneapolis and active in the
Upper Midwest. The non-profit company provides health care coverage in
the employer, individual, Medicaid, Medicare and Medicare Part D markets
in Minnesota and a growing number of counties in North Dakota, South
Dakota and Wisconsin. Medica also offers national network coverage to
employers who also have employees outside the Medica regional network.
Medica's vision is to become the community's health plan of choice,
trusted for its integrity, respected for its service, and admired for
its commitment to innovation and efficiency.
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