TAP MD students explore healthcare careers during visit to Mercy Health

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Nanette Bentley
Director, Public Relations
Mercy Health – Cincinnati

Helping exceptionally talented high school students “tap” into their potential to fulfill careers in medicine

On Tuesday, June 20, Mercy Health hosted more than 20 high school students interested in healthcare careers at its Bond Hill Home Office. The students are part of the Health Collaborative’s TAP MD program. Now in its seventh year, the TAP MD program helps exceptionally talented high school students “tap” into their potential to fulfill careers in medicine.

Mercy Health Physicians, Certified Nurse Practitioners, and Certified Athletic Trainers discussed a number of different medical specialties and topics with the TAP MD class, including differential diagnosis (how to distinguish one disease from another), sports medicine, primary care and subspecialties, dermatology, and the role of the advanced practice provider. The attached photos show the students arriving at the Bond Hill office and rotating through the different talks.

The TAP MD program is part of The Health Collaborative’s Healthcare Workforce Innovation program, which aims to increase the number of future Tristate urban and rural healthcare providers by attracting physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to our medical community.

Over 140 students have graduated from the annual program, each attending monthly observation events with physicians in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. To enter this career exploring program, students must be strong academically (29 ACT and/or 1300 SAT) and have a demonstrated interest in exploring a career in the medical field. The program’s ultimate goal is for over 50% of our students to pursue a career in medicine at the completion of the program.

Students in this year’s TAP MD class represent students from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, and from public, Catholic, private, and STEM schools. Below is a photo gallery of the students’ visit to Mercy Health. 

To learn more about TAP MD and Healthcare Workforce Innovation, please contact Heleena McKinney, Manager, Healthcare Workforce Innovation, at hmckinney@healthcollab.org or 513.618.2866. Visit http://cincinnatimdjobs.com/tap-md/ for information on the current TAP MD class.[/vc_column_text][mk_padding_divider size=”20″][mk_gallery images=”34518,34519,34520,34521,34522,34523,34517″ style=”thumb” item_id=”1498051160-594a725877bc1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

See Photos: Accountable Health Communities Kickoff Meeting, June 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Health Collaborative, in partnership with the United Way, is one of twenty organizations across the country to recently be named an Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Bridge Organization by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Representatives from more than 60 partner organizations attended the kickoff meeting last week in The Health Collaborative’s Learning Center.

AHC is the first federal effort designed to address the barriers to health for individuals facing inadequate or unsafe housing, domestic violence, hunger, and other socioeconomic determinants. Through AHC, 75,000 Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in our region will be screened and provided navigation support to help with these challenges.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Our role as a Bridge Organization will be to provide a technical solution for this process, and to convene community stakeholders and partners in an advisory capacity to identify gaps and connect participants to community resources.[/vc_column_text][mk_gallery images=”34500,34489,34493,34487,34491,34490,34499,34485,34486,34495,34496,34492,34498,34488,34497″ style=”thumb” thumb_style_width=”800″ item_id=”1497904169-59483429c1911″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

September 6: FREE CMS Emergency Preparedness Planning Workshop for Inpatient/Residential Providers

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The CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: Understanding how the rule applies to inpatient/residential providers.

Note: The course you are viewing is for Inpatient/Residential Providers. If you would like to attend our morning session for Outpatient/Homebound Providers, please visit: https://goo.gl/n4GqZV
Date and Time
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
Location
The Health Collaborative
615 Elsinore Place, Suite 500
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Contact
Sarah Moore, Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness: smoore@healthcollab.org or 513.247.5279[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

September 6: FREE CMS Emergency Preparedness Planning Workshop for Outpatient Providers

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The CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: Understanding how the rule applies to outpatient/homebound providers.

Note: The course you are viewing is for Outpatient/Homebound Providers. If you would like to attend our afternoon session for Inpatient Providers, please visit: https://goo.gl/h1tptH
Date and Time
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
Location
The Health Collaborative
615 Elsinore Place, Suite 500
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Staff Spotlight: Chris Zander, Senior Integration Engineer

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We chatted with Chris Zander, Senior Integration Engineer, to catch up on the latest news in his world.

Chris is a relatively quiet person so you might be surprised at what we learned!

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Q: Hi Chris! Could you give us an overview of your role at THC in three sentences or less? 
A: “I make things go.” I am responsible for data integrations into our HIE suite as well as interfaces that send data out of the HIE suite to recipients. I am also responsible for Direct Mail (secure email for Emergency Department Alerts and Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs).

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: The best part is when an interface/project works right the first time (rare!)

Q: Tell us about a current activity or project you’re working on, or involved in.
A: Currently the most interesting work is getting EMS run reports from local fire stations into UCHealth as a pilot.

Q: We heard you and your wife are expecting! When is the new baby due, and have names been picked out yet?
A: Due on 7/20, we don’t know the gender of the kid (working name is Bambino). If it’s a boy, it’s going to be Francis (family name) so rooting for a girl :-) but we haven’t finalized a name yet on that front.

Q: Where did you grow up, and how has it shaped who you have become?
A: I grew up moving every two years (not a military brat, my parents were often moving for career/housing opportunities). It made me independent, a light packer, and adverse to sentimentality.

Q: What are you most proud of, personally or professionally?
A: My wife: not sure how I lucked out there, but I’d be lost without her.

Q: Word on the street is that you used to be a gourmet chef – what would your perfect meal entail?
A: Any more, a perfect meal is one that is had without interruption and still at its intended serving temperature :-)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

You can connect with Chris at 513.247.5286 or czander@healthcollab.org.

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The Health Collaborative Launches hb/analytics Claims Data Co-Op Service for CPC+ Providers

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Customers Get Their Entire Covered Population in One Report Across Multiple Payers Including Medicare

Following the successful completion of Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Classic – one of the largest payment demonstration projects in the country – The Health Collaborative has launched an innovative new tool for Ohio healthcare providers as they continue efforts to improve primary care in the region. The hb/analytics Claims Data Co-op service streamlines and enhances reporting capabilities for practices participating in the second phase of the project, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+).

The CPC+ program is an initiative of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and is designed to test a new way of paying providers: paying to keep people well. The Health Collaborative is supporting 562 primary care practices (more than 2500 doctors and providers) located throughout Ohio and Northern Kentucky as they implement major changes in patient care coordination. A team of practice support professionals at The Health Collaborative will offer group learning, individual coaching, and technical assistance to help practices successfully meet the expectations and goals of the CPC+ program.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column border_color=”#eb7625″ width=”1/3″][blockquote]“With a comprehensive look at our patient population, hb/analytics enables us to efficiently report out weekly and monthly to our staff on the areas we’re trying to improve, such as ER visits and overall usage rates. It’s a continued process improvement so that we identify issues before they become big problems.”

– Larry Ratcliff, MD, Providence Medical Group, Dayton, OH

[/mk_blockquote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]To help them manage and track changes in patient care strategy, The Health Collaborative has designed and launched the hb/analytics Claims Data Co-Op service to make pay-for-value reporting actionable and meaningful. With this new suite of tools, practices are able to see their entire patient population in one report across multiple insurers including Medicare – capturing progress on cost and utilization measures, and allowing deeper insights by drilling down to patient level detail. Practices can see how they are performing against the benchmark set by all participating practices in the region and fulfill reporting federal requirements.

The hb/analytics service also includes coaching to help interpret reports and explore opportunities for improvement. This service is structured as a “data co-op” so that health plans and regional practices share in the cost and thus the ownership of the aggregated data.

“These practices are transforming the way we pay and provide for healthcare in this country, and we felt it was critical to develop a tool that would allow them to turn data into meaningful strategies,” said Jason Buckner, Sr. VP, Informatics at The Health Collaborative. “We knew doing this efficiently would be key, so we’ve made hb/analytics available to practices at less than 1% of projected care management fee revenue.”

hb/analytics Claims Data Co-Op was born from the need to seamlessly report and compare performance from the 75 Greater Cincinnati practices participating in CPC Classic. Practices struggled with bits of performance information across varying reporting formats from multiple payers, while health plans lacked a credible comprehensive view of a practice’s performance.

“As a former solo family physician, I sympathized with the small independent practices in CPC Classic that had to deal with the reports coming at them from 9 different payers with mixed reviews and no resources to make sense or analyze the results. I recognized early on that if this new approach of payment for the coordination of care had any chance of being successful some consolidation and analysis of this data was mandatory,” says Dr. Richard Shonk, Chief Medical Officer, The Health Collaborative.

“Feedback received from the small practices on the usefulness of these aggregated reports is promising. Many have indicated that it gives them the opportunity to compete on a similar level with practices in large systems,” says Dr. Shonk.

“With a comprehensive look at our patient population, hb/analytics enables us to efficiently report out weekly and monthly to our staff on the areas we’re trying to improve, such as ER visits and overall usage rates. It’s a continued process improvement so that we identify issues before they become big problems,” shares Larry Ratcliff, MD of Providence Medical Group, Dayton, Ohio.

For more information on hb/analytics and our full hb/suite of data and technology services, please contact:

Mary Maune, Account Manager, Large Accounts
513.618.3631 | mmaune@healthcollab.org

Sean Flynn, Senior Account Manager
513.247.5257 | sflynn@healthcollab.org

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More on CPC+
CPC+ is a partnership among Medicare, Medicaid, six managed Medicaid, five commercial insurers, and care providers across the region. These payers have agreed to invest in the selected practices by paying monthly care management fees, which the practices use to improve the coordination of patient care. The fee allows the care team to offer services to patients that are not billable under traditional fee-for-service payment models. Examples include more comprehensive chronic disease management, self-care coaching, support after a hospital discharge, expanded and non-traditional access to care, and other services to keep patients as healthy as possible between visits to the doctor.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]