Community Hospital Foundation’s Community Health Innovations and xG Health Solutions Advance Healthcare in Monterey

Powered by Geisinger, xG will bring patient-centered medical home to Monterey County market

Released: 26-Aug-2013 2:00 PM EDT
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Newswise — MONTEREY, Calif., and COLUMBIA, Md. – Residents of California’s Central Coast will soon reap the benefits of a newly formed healthcare partnership that aims to advance quality while driving down costs thanks to an innovative healthcare delivery model known as the patient-centered medical home.

Community Health Innovations (CHI), a subsidiary of Community Hospital Foundation, the nonprofit parent company of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, has announced a partnership with xG Health Solutions, a startup launched in February 2013 by Geisinger Health System that provides Geisinger’s intellectual property and expertise to other healthcare systems around the globe.

Geisinger, a Danville, Pennsylvania-based health system, is frequently held up as a national model for developing and implementing advanced healthcare delivery models — including ProvenHealth Navigator®, Geisinger’s patient-centered medical home — to improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs all while cutting down on hospital readmissions.

“At Community Health Innovations, we are committed to enhancing the patient care experience, improving the health of the community, and reducing the cost of care,” said Chief Operating Officer Liz Lorenzi. “We recognized in xG that we both share a conviction that integrating real-time clinical data with historical data allows us to make smarter, evidenced-based decisions in regards to our patients and therefore, our patients receive the best possible care.”

The foundation of the CHI and xG partnership will be Geisinger’s ProvenHealth Navigator, which leverages health information technology and is credited with reducing avoidable hospitalizations by 18 percent and avoidable readmissions by 24 percent, according to 2011 published statistics from Geisinger Health System. In addition, ProvenHealth Navigator has addressed the national health system’s most costly charges by reducing by 20 percent avoidable emergency room visits by Medicare patients. These results have been replicated by xG Health and Geisinger at unaffiliated hospitals in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

“The centerpiece of this new relationship will be the use of predictive analytics which will drive quality of care, administrative efficiency, and innovation on a number of healthcare fronts,” according to xG’s Chief Executive Officer Earl Steinberg, MD. “ProvenHealth Navigator is a perfect example of how the use of predictive analytics can ultimately be used to drive innovation in healthcare.”

ProvenHealth Navigator utilizes a team-based approach — engaging the patient, primary care physician, nurses, care manager, pharmacists and other healthcare providers — to improve care coordination and optimize the health of each individual. It includes round-the-clock primary and specialty care access, a nurse care manager to coordinate and help manage care for chronically ill patients, predictive analytics to identify risk trends, virtual care management support and a focus on proactive evidence-based care to reduce avoidable hospitalizations, promote health, empower patients to become involved in their care and optimize management of chronic disease.

“We will be working with Community Health Innovations and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula to create a healthcare analytics system that is a closed loop. Starting with the clinical areas, we’ll build an infrastructure that will allow us to put the patient and the primary care team in a position where they will drive the healthcare experience,” Dr. Steinberg emphasized.

About Community Health Innovations
Community Health Innovations (CHI) is a subsidiary of Community Hospital Foundation, the nonprofit parent company of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. CHI was founded to lead the transformation of healthcare in Monterey County from a system focused on “sick care” to one focused on wellness. In partnership with doctors and other providers, CHI is introducing integrated population management, an approach that brings together hospitals, doctors, and other providers to coordinate care, manage disease, and promote wellness throughout the healthcare continuum. Its mission is to achieve the Triple Aim in healthcare: Better health, better care, and lower costs.

About Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 207 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/

About xG Health Solutions™
xG Health Solutions’ mission is to help health systems and others committed to high quality, value-based care succeed over the long haul. Our strategic roadmap, population health improvement and data analytics services are powered by Geisinger Health System’s methods, experience, and innovations that have produced best-in-class outcomes. For more information, visit www.xghealth.com, or follow the latest xG Health news and more on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 20,000 employees, including a 1,000-member multi-specialty group practice, six hospital campuses, two research centers and the 310,000-member Geisinger Health Plan, all of which leverage an estimated $5.5 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.
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