At the Hospitals: June 8, 2014
APD Creates New Department
Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Health Systems has created a new department designed to improve health outcomes and lower costs for employers in the Upper Valley. Business Health and Therapies will incorporate four existing departments at APD, including rehabilitation, occupational health, sleep health and cardio-pulmonary services.
Their goal is to provide a single place where employers and employees can go for health care services that can reduce the likelihood of workplace injury, and ensure that employees are able to return to work as soon as possible after an injury or other health issue, Susan E. Mooney, CEO and president of APD, said in a recent news release.
“We believe the integration of these services into one department will make it easier to access and cheaper to use by Upper Valley employers, all of which fits with our focus on improving quality, lowering costs and expanding access to health care.”
The department will be led by Joshua Roylance, a physical therapist with more than 10 years’ experience managing and operating outpatient rehabilitation clinics. Roylance, a graduate of the University of Hartford, has been accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Utica College.
Golf Tourney Benefits Hospice
Claremont — The 21st annual Annie Alcorn Memorial Golf Tournament at the Claremont Country Club last month raised more than $9,000.
The money will provide educational materials and training for hospice volunteers and support hospice clients directly. The tournament, sponsored by Connecticut Valley Home Care and Hospice, part of Valley Regional Healthcare, attracted 19 teams. Osgood Construction’s team, which included Tom Fowler, Andy Fowler, Kyle Ranney and Joe Dirusso, took first place. Longest drive went to Maren Ardell and Michael Zombeck.
Golf Invitational Set for June 23
New London — The 11th annual New London Hospital Golf Invitational is set for June 23 at the Montcalm Golf Club in Enfield.
Over the years, the tournament has raised more than $300,000 to benefit patients from the hospital’s 15-town service area. The net proceeds support new equipment purchases and technology upgrades and fund charity care and financial assistance programs.
The entry fee, $250 per player, includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, player gift, prizes and a post-tournament reception. Registration opens at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. For sponsorship information, or to register, contact Christina O’Halloran at 603-526-5526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survey: Most ACOs Physician-Led
Lebanon — A research team from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice has found physician leadership has played a central role in the first wave of Accountable Care Organizations. The finding runs counter to early concerns that hospitals’ economic strengths would lead them to dominate the formation of ACOs.
The study, published in the June issue of Health Affairs , has important implications for the future of health care reform, said Carrie Colla, lead investigator of the study. “A central role for physicians in the leadership of ACOs is likely to have a powerful influence on how both physicians and patients view the ACO model.”
ACOs are groups of providers that are held responsible for the care of defined populations of patients. The idea is that participating providers receive financial rewards for both improving the quality of care and reducing the growth of costs. The Affordable Care Act established the new, voluntary federal program for Medicare, and many private insurers are adopting the model. More than 600 ACOs are operating in the U.S.
In the first analysis of the National Survey of ACOs, the research team found that the majority of ACOs identified as physician led, with a third jointly led by physicians and hospitals.
The study compared physician-led ACOs to other types of ACOs and found that physician-led ACOs were more likely to have comprehensive care management programs in place and advanced IT capabilities. They are also more likely to measure and report financial and quality performance at the clinician level and to provide meaningful and timely feedback to clinicians.
“Physicians’ buy-in to payment reform is likely to be critical to the success of the health care reform,” said Elliott Fisher, director of the Dartmouth Institute and a co-author on the paper. “The findings suggest that physicians are taking seriously their responsibility to lead change in the health care system on behalf of their patients.”
Previous research has shown that involving physicians in the governance of provider organizations improves communication and builds trust and also assures patients that their needs will be considered along with those of the organization, the researchers said.
A abstract of the study is at http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/33/6/964.abstract.
— Compiled by Aimee Caruso