The Project LA Geriatric Knowledge Network (GKN) created by Partners in Care in collaboration with Project ECHO LA, is celebrating the signing in to law this week of the Enhancing Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act. The ECHO Act expands the use of healthcare technology to connect underserved populations with critical healthcare services, transforming the way medical knowledge is shared and translated into everyday practice. The ECHO Act is based on the Project ECHO model, which was first developed as a small-scale initiative at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences ...
December 12, 2016Daylyn Presley
Kern County has achieved the highest percentage reduction in hospital readmissions in California – a massive 37% reduction in 30-day readmissions – among patients who have received social service support to help them transition from hospital to home. The data comes from a study carried out by CMS – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – into the Community Care Transitions Program (CCTP) operated in Kern County by Partners in Care Foundation, a not-for-profit agency that works with adults with complex health and social service needs. Nationally, nearly one in five ...
December 1, 2016Daylyn Presley
“I’ve put rows of seats in there, and played football there”, says Howard, 58, pointing up at the famous exterior of the Pasadena Rose Bowl. “I’ve had a long history with this place”. Which is perhaps why Howard was drawn back here when two years ago he found himself homeless and living in his car. One of the quarter of a million people in Los Angeles County without a permanent place to live, Howard is challenged not just by his living conditions, but by a host of chronic health problems. These ...
November 23, 2016Daylyn Presley
June Simmons, President and CEO of Partners in Care Foundation has been recognized as a 2016 Influencer in Aging, by Next Avenue, public media’s first and only digital publication dedicated to covering issues for older Americans. June is nationally recognized for her leadership in the administration of healthcare organizations. Since founding Partners in Care in 1997, she has led the organization’s pioneering role in developing and scaling evidence-based care models, leading to innovative and effective interventions for the management of chronic conditions, better coordinated care to improve health care outcomes and the ...
November 8, 2016Daylyn Presley
At Partners in Care we serve many individuals with complex care needs. Every now and then we meet someone whose needs are particularly complicated, and whose situation touches our hearts in a new way. One such person is Karla, who has stage 3 Lyme Disease, amongst other issues. This is her story. “I was 30-31, when I started to get sick. Before that I lived a normal life. My first set of doctors didn’t listen to me. They kept telling me it was depression and anxiety, which I knew it wasn’t. ...
October 18, 2016Daylyn Presley
No access to a bathtub. No bed. A lost insurance card. Just three of the issues uncovered by a health coach intervention during the initial pilot phase of a pioneering collaboration between Partners in Care Foundation and the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) aimed at reducing non-emergency calls to 911. Over the forthcoming months, we will focus on patient stories from the frontline of the intervention. Our aim is to explore some of the circumstances that cause people to become high utilizers of emergency services, and to share ...
September 28, 2016Daylyn Presley
Partners in Care Foundation has received two years of grant funding from Medtronic Foundation, one of the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies, to help support the expansion of the Diabetes Self-Management Training Program (DSMT) for people with type-2 diabetes. More than half a million people in Los Angeles County have type-2 diabetes, according to recent figures from the California Department of Public Health. The DSMT program, which utilizes the Stanford University diabetes curriculum, is a collaborative process through which participants are supported by a multi-disciplinary team to set ...
September 13, 2016Daylyn Presley
Three Partners staff have contributed a chapter to the new Encyclopedia of Social Work, the first continuously updated online collaboration between the National Association of Social Workers (NASW Press) and Oxford University Press (OUP). Partners CEO, June Simmons, Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives, Sandy Atkins, and Melissa Jones, Grants and Special Projects Director co-authored the chapter entitled: Care Transitions, Patient Health, and System Performance in the United States, along with Janice Lynch Schuster, who specializes in aging and end of life issues, and is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post. The article ...
September 7, 2016Daylyn Presley
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