Building and Supporting Community Capacity: Measuring the Success and Barriers to Medical Home Placement for Our Most Vulnerable Community Members (Text Version)
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Building and Supporting Community Capacity: Measuring the Success and Barriers to Medical Home Placement for Our Most Vulnerable Community Members
Community Care Coordination Scorecard— Raising the Bar for Measuring Improvements in
Access to Care Across Communities
Sherry E. Gray, Director
Rural and Urban Access to Health-St. Vincent Health
AHRQ 2010 Annual Conference
Monday, September 27, 2010
Who is RUAH*?
10 Health Access Workers (HAW) in 8 communities
Hospital associates: community focused
7 Medication Access Coordinators (MAC)
Hospital and Community Agency Associates
System Administrative Support: Health Access Manager; Operations Facilitator; Language Access Staff; System Director
*What does it mean?
The word ruah, in Yiddish means "Breath of Life". The Goal?
...to breathe new life into a health care system that serves our most vulnerable community members
What is the Work of RUAH?
- Client Advocacy and System Navigation via Health Access Workers
- Pharmacy Assistance—access to low or no cost drugs connecting through Medication Access Coordinators (MAC's)
- Creation of "Medical Homes" for the underserved
- Access to Specialty Care for the underserved
- Program enrollment (financial resource review and application assistance: public AND private)
- Reduction of inappropriate Emergency Room utilization
- Reduction of hospital re-admissions for chronic diseases
- Assistance with supportive social services ("wrap around")
- Outcome Based Measurement:
- Pathway Model
- Community Care Coordination: "Hub"
- Language Access—Medical interpretation and translation of vital documents
- System Change
To provide & increase access for uninsured/underinsured community members:
- Right Care
- Right Time
- Right Place
- Right Provider
- Right Payer
- Un/underinsured community members can receive care "sooner vs. later".
- Consistent and familiar care is provided along with follow up & follow through: treatment is across time and not episodic.
- Resources are used as effectively as possible, including:
- Providers, Practitioners, Care Coordinators, Administrative support, etc.
- Reimbursement, Funding, Cost-Avoidance, "Write-Off's"
- Connecting Information in a timely, meaningful way.
- Support (wrap-a-round) Services:
- Connecting medical treatment, public health practices, & psychosocial principles.
- Vital connections are made:
- Integrate and coordinate care not duplicate and replicate care.
- "Best Practice" Learning's are shared; and solutions are not "re-created".
How RUAH got Here:
- Realization: increased access, services provided, and reimbursement was intuitively a "good thing", but proved Nothing!
- Resolved to find out if a positive difference was made in the lives of those we are seeking to serve. If so, how could that be demonstrated and or verified? If not, what needed to change?
- Researched Best Practice models in Outcome Measurement, specific to community care coordination.
One thing leads to another.
[Image: CHAP logo] Community Health Access Project membership led to:
- Learned about Pathways.
- Began building a Community HUB.
Invited to be part of the Innovations Exchange: AHRQ [Image: Innovations Exchange logo] which led to:
[Image: CCCLN logo] Community Care Coordination Learning Network
Joined the CCCLN:
- Hub Manual Development
- Outcome Measure Scorecard Project
Program & Community Benefits
- Best Practices are shared.
- There's no "charge" for advice/consultation.
- Moves individual, community programs out of an isolated vacuum.
- Increases credibility.
- Creates momentum.
- Improves chances of sustainability.
- Demonstrates that in the healthcare delivery system change can and does happen.
- Balance between differences & similarities for each community involved:
- How to design a structure that also respects the inherent need for flexibility?
- How to explain, define, communicate the structure?
- Outcome Measurement:
- Agreed upon:
- Reporting Structure?
- Agreed upon:
- There's a reason most communities don't gravitate to this work.
- The work has to be communicated in different ways for different audiences and stakeholders
- Integration and coordination of care goes against the grain of how the health system has evolved.
Medical Home: Assessing the Effectiveness of Access Initiatives
- Scorecard group formed through the Community Care Coordination Learning Network:
- Initiatives/measures developed.
- RUAH data submission initiated Spring, 2010.
- Developed the Required Data Points for the Medical Home Scorecard Measure, for all participants.
Required Data Points for the Medical Home Scorecard Measure=
Clients' demographic data during 1 month time frame
- Insurance Status
- Source of Ongoing primary care:
- Was a referral started to achieve an ongoing source of primary care?
- Barriers to completing that referral.
- Date the connection to ongoing primary care was made.
- Supportive ("wrap around") social service referrals:
- Date connection was made to resolve identified social service need
Where RUAH is at in the Process:
- Able to submit most of the required data.
- Beginning stages of implementing Pathways:
- RUAH = Eight different communities.
- Piloting Pathways in one site currently = sole data reporting community.
- Challenge: reporting outcomes for ongoing source of primary care and social service referrals.
- Participation in the Scorecard Measure process is accelerating the goal of appointment verification and follow-up coordination and verification.
- Adopting the Pathways model = Report on outcomes vs. counting referrals/activities.
- Adds accountability, credibility and rationale for system change and sustainability.
So What "Gains" Have been Made?
- Five Pathways have been developed for the Anderson Site:
- Medical Home
- CCCLN Scorecard Measure Project Also
- Pregnancy Care
- Childhood Immunizations
- Government Funded Program Enrollment
- Government Funded Program Re-Enrollment
- Medical Home
- Agreements for HUB being signed.
- Common ROI developed for HUB members.
- Common Care Coordination "check in" line developed to start a Pathway.
- Process being implemented for monthly Pathway process checks and outcome measurement.
- We'll be able to tell you next year!