In September 2016, Margaret attended a Healthier Living workshop, a six week program specially developed for people with chronic health conditions. The workshop provides support for normal daily activities and dealing with the emotions created by chronic conditions. It also addresses topics such as nutritious eating and relaxation techniques. A year later, we visited Margaret at her home to see how she’s doing now. “My case manager from Blue Shield referred me to the class because I wanted help with the nutrition ...
August 29, 2016Daylyn Presley
Access to reliable transportation is a major concern for many seniors, who can often find it difficult to attend medical appointments. Here’s how a visit from a care transitions coach helped one senior solve the problem. Shamael, one of Partners’ care transitions coaches, recently visited Howard, a patient at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Beverly Hills. Howard, who lives in the San Fernando Valley, told Shamael he was having trouble affording the costs of getting to and from his medical appointments, and was spending upwards of $50 per ride on ...
August 18, 2016Daylyn Presley
Kathy Kirchhoff, who recently joined the Partners in Care Board of Directors, is Managing Director at Cain Brothers, Long Beach, and a senior banker in the firm’s Post-Acute Care practice. Reproduced here, with the kind permission of Cain Brothers, is her recent op ed on the social determinants of health, and the critical role of community-based services in managing healthcare costs, and improving health outcomes.
August 18, 2016Daylyn Presley
In a ground-breaking pilot collaboration, Partners has teamed up with the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) to provide health coaching to 911 ‘super users,’ and other callers in need of community-based services. Starting in June, trained health coaches will help individuals referred by the fire department to manage their healthcare needs, including connecting that person to a regular doctor, helping connect them with transportation services, and setting up access to other key community programs. LAFD’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) deals with everything from gunshot wounds to stubbed toes, responding to ...
August 15, 2016Daylyn Presley
Rita attended a Better Choices, Better Health workshop after being referred by her healthcare insurer. Eighteen months on from the class, we caught up with her to find out how she’s doing now. “I’ve been diagnosed with major depression – that’s since I was a youngster – hypertension, COPD (although they’re now saying I don’t have that, but we’ll see) and just before the workshop started I had a knee replacement. I was homebound for the most part – not a good thing for someone who’s depressive, but active ...
August 9, 2016Daylyn Presley
Following a three-year pilot, data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) clearly shows that the Community-Based Care Transitions Program (CCTP) has significantly reduced the number of people being readmitted to hospital within 30 days. According to national CMS data, nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital—approximately 2.6 million seniors annually—are readmitted within a month, at a cost of over $26 billion. Partners has been running the CCTP program in eleven hospitals across Kern County, Glendale and West Los Angeles, providing trained health coaches to work with ...
August 8, 2016Daylyn Presley