The Care Coordination Program
Supporting your efforts to engage patients and improve their health.
Providing a Personalized Outreach for Patients
Patients with chronic conditions and other serious medical risks require intensive, ongoing support to improve their health. However, your practice is already trying to do more with less today and may not have the time or resources needed to offer this level of care. That’s why Dignity Health Care Network (DHCN) has developed an Ambulatory Care Coordination program to provide personalized outreach for these patients It is available to the “high-risk” and “rising-risk” patients of physicians who have joined DHCN.
How the Program Works
The Ambulatory Care Coordination Program is staffed by highly-trained care coordinators. These registered nurses have access to a wide variety of resources, which may include other clinical and social support professionals. Ongoing patient outreach may be conducted in-person and/or by telephone.
Our care coordinators work closely with your high-risk and rising-risk patients to promote better management of their health on an ongoing basis by:
- Developing personalized goals and self-management improvement strategies for patients.
- Helping these individuals maintain regularly scheduled office visits at your practice.
- Assessing medication adherence, potential medication risks and patient educational needs.
- Educating patients to better understand their medical issue(s) and your treatment plan.
- Preventing avoidable hospital admissions through an assessment of clinical and social factors that place the patient at risk during transition of care.
- Coordinating a transition of care plan if hospitalization is needed.
- Assessing behavioral health challenges such as substance abuse and mental health issues and coordinating referrals as appropriate.
A Unique Physician-Directed Approach
Unlike many traditional care coordination models, our Ambulatory Care Coordination program is physician-directed, which means that it serves as an extension of your own care practices. Once you refer a patient to the program, you will consistently stay informed of their progress and will be involved in decision making related to their treatment. This includes face-to-face meetings within your practice as well as the sharing of care plans, outreach reports and documentation of a patient’s progress.
“I have had the pleasure of utilizing the clinically integrated network care coordination team for more than 75 of my senior patients. The patient response has been overwhelmingly positive and it has been instrumental in improving their home health care. From being a kind, receptive ear to recommending a major change in acute medical care, the staff always made a positive impact on my patients’ well being. It has been very pleasing as a geriatric provider to hear directly from my patients that just having someone to talk to made them feel better. I commend you on a job well done!”
Gary Deutsch, MD
Identifying Patients for Care Coordination Support
DHCN Ambulatory Care Coordination team will work closely with you to identify high risk and rising risk candidates for this program. Patients that meet the program criteria will likely have one or more of the following:
- Two or more chronic conditions
- Multiple chronic or high-risk medications
- Multiple emergency department visits and/or hospitalizations
- Social barriers – for example, living alone without care-giving assistance
- Other provider-identified needs
We also utilize advanced analytics to determine which patients need additional assistance, including individuals that haven’t maintained an ongoing relationship with a physician. In these cases, we may refer new patients to your practice as needed. At the same time, we analyze data from our hospitals to implement timely transition care efforts whenever a patient is discharged from our emergency department or an inpatient stay.