LAS VEGAS, July 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — A newly released white paper for Innovative Healthcare Delivery, LLC (IHD) of patients enrolled in one of its non-clinical, transitional care programs after a hospitalization shows that in 2018, hospital readmission rates decreased by as much as 33 percent, demonstrating $1,659,185 in healthcare cost savings.
The white paper was authored by Jim Woodburn, MD, MS, one of the founders of the Blue Cross Association’s National Medical Management forum and former leader at United Health Group/Optum Health where he was part of the joint venture with Cisco systems.
Two analyses were performed of patients enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan and Medicare FFS (Fee for Service) plan in a western state with a population of about 500,000.
Shelli Lara thinks treatment shouldn’t end when a patient leaves the hospital.
That’s one of the reasons she launched Innovative Healthcare Delivery in 2012. The Las Vegas-based company has 70 patient advocates in more than 30 states who work one-on-one to advocate for patients and help their recovery process.
According to a 2018 report, Nevada is mired at 47th nationwide for active physicians and 48th for active primary care doctors per 100,000 residents. As Nevada works to overcome this doctor shortage, the advocates make sure clients get their medication on time, set up rides to doctor’s appointments and assist with other needs.
“We become their personal assistants to a point,” Lara said.
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