Commonwealth Care Alliance in the news
September 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
Commonwealth Care Alliance in the news:
How medical homes and hospitalists help seniors
In the recent edition of Leadership, published by the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Commonwealth Care Alliance CEO Bob Master discusses his organization’s model of creating medical homes as a means to provide primary care to older adults with complex needs.
Bob also describes Commonwealth Care Alliance’s success in deploying hospitalists to manage inpatient care for our Senior Care Options members. In the article, Bob explains that Commonwealth Care Alliance began providing hospitalist service in 2011 at Boston Medical Center. Since that time, our organization has seen a 50% reduction in its 30-day hospital readmission rate for Senior Care Options enrollees.
Why behavioral health and primary care should be integrated
Peggy Johnson, M.D., Commonwealth Care Alliance’s Chief of Psychiatry, was quoted in the Commonwealth Fund’s publication Quality Matters. In a wide-ranging article on the integration of behavioral health and primary care, Peggy discussed the “compelling need” for primary care clinicians to be engaged with individuals who have serious and persistent mental illness. Peggy explains that these individuals do not, on average, live as long as the general population because many of them suffer from other conditions, such as cardiovascular disease. In the article, Peggy also describes Commonwealth Care Alliance’s integrated, coordinated approach to care.
For more of Peggy’s thoughts on the integration of behavioral health, read her essay in the Spring 2014 edition of the Commonwealth Care Alliance provider newsletter, In Common.