(LONG BEACH, Calif.) – Eve Gelb, senior vice president of health care services for SCAN Health Plan, will discuss the importance of the coordination of care for the increasing number of Americans with chronic conditions at a webinar hosted by the Healthcare Web Summit on February 28. Joining Gelb on the faculty will be Wells Shoemaker, M.D., chief medical officer of the California Association of Physician Groups.
Coordinated care may well prove the linchpin of many of the cost-control and quality-enhancing programs that are the products of the Affordable Care Act. The increasing number of Americans with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma and congestive heart failure is contributing to the growing cost of delivering healthcare. Moreover, many providers face financial penalties if they do not reduce patient readmissions and increase patient satisfaction. A more closely managed, patient-centric care model may be the only way to bring such cost trends to heel.
Participants in the webinar will gain a better understanding into the primary components of a successful coordinated-care program as well as gain insight into the structural changes providers and payers are making to accommodate these programs. Gelb will also discuss which patients would most benefit from coordinated care initiatives and will explore the potential cost savings and enhanced outcomes found in a successful coordinated-care program.
SCAN is home to one of the nation’s most widely respected care-coordination programs for seniors and others on Medicare. Studies show that seniors managed under SCAN’s “Model of Care” approach experience fewer hospital and emergency room visits, lower hospital utilization rates and lower overall medical costs.
“The SCAN model revolves around caring for the whole individual, spans the continuum of a person’s health status and strives to provide the right care at the right setting at every stage of a person’s healthcare needs,” says Gelb. “SCAN’s model also includes a medication management program and a disease management program along with an emphasis on prevention and early intervention.”
A member of the SCAN team since 1997, Gelb will bring more than two decades of healthcare experience to her presentation. At SCAN she is responsible for all the plan’s health care services activities including care management, care coordination, quality management and utilization management. Gelb holds a Master of Public Health degree at Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
The webinar, co-sponsored by Payers and Providers and entitled “Everything You Wanted to Know About Coordinated Care,” will be held on February 28 from 10 – 11 a.m. PST. Further information and registration may be obtained at www.healthwebsummit.com/pp022813.htm.
SCAN Health Plan is a Medicare Advantage Organization with a Medicare Contract.