HLC Capitol Hill Briefing: Enhancing Patient Well-Being Through Coordinated Care

HLC President Mary R. Grealy leads a Q&A with the panelists

In a briefing today on Capitol Hill, Healthcare Leadership Council members presented new innovations in care coordination and patient engagement in private sector healthcare. Care coordination is one of the areas addressed in HLC’s recently-released health reform proposals, “VIable Solutions: Six Steps to Transform Healthcare Now.”   A Capitol Hill audience was able to hear perspectives on the issue from multiple health sectors.

John Perticone, Vice President of Strategic Partneships at Golden Living, explained the importance of palliative screenings, pre-arranging primary care physician follow up appointments, and coordination with a home health team before a patient is discharged.

Andy Friedell, Vice President of Government Affairs at Maxim Healthcare Services, discussed his organization’s processes for assisting with the transition from hospital to home health. His associate, Dr. William Queale, the Co-Vice Chairman of the Maxim Quality Committee, emphasized the role of community health workers as liaisons in helping patients help themselves.

Marilyn Staniland, Executive Director of Field Medical Affairs West at Novo Nordisk, drove the point home about the need to focus on co-morbidities such as diabetes, and the significant benefits associated with medication adherence.

David Key, Senior Vice President of Operations for the Select Medical Corporation, highlighted the value of patient engagement throughout the entire continuum of care.

All panelists agreed that effective new approaches to coordinated care have been developed, and these should be shared as best practices if the healthcare industry is to move forward in more effectively addressing chronic illness.