Pamela Coleman Joins INSPIRIS as Senior Vice President of Government Programs

Jun 15, 2010, 08:35 ET from INSPIRIS

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- INSPIRIS announced today that Pamela A. Coleman has joined its executive team as senior vice president of government programs.  INSPIRIS is the solutions-driven care and care management company focused on improving the quality of life for the medically complex, chronically ill, frail and elderly.  

Coleman recently retired as deputy director of the Medicaid/CHIP division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.  In that role she managed the state's health care programs serving more than 3 million enrollees.  

"Pam worked with Texas Medicaid programs for nearly three decades and developed a chronic care model of health care delivery that is a model for the nation," said Mike Tudeen, CEO of INSPIRIS. "Our programs are designed to provide the right resources and the right care to those with chronic health care needs, with a focus on improving care. Pam's experience aligns with our goal to make these programs available to the Medicare and Medicaid populations nationwide."

INSPIRIS' award-winning CarePlus program uses physician and nurse practitioner-led teams to provide care and care management tailored to the needs of chronically ill patients. The company's Transitions program improves the continuity of care for patients during the critical 30 days after a hospital stay.  

In addition, two new services were added by INSPIRIS in 2009. Inspired Living focuses on the needs of those dealing with advanced illness and advance directive planning, and the Assessment program identifies gaps in care, enhances care planning and enables a health plan to accurately report patient acuity to Medicare and Medicaid.

"After 26 years working in a state Medicaid program, I learned that a small percentage of enrollees, those with chronic and complex care needs, drive the majority of health care expenditures," Coleman said. "I am passionate about what INSPIRIS is doing to lower costs while enhancing care for the chronically ill through home based care and coordinated service delivery. This focus on primary care management and community based services is an important component of an improved health care system."

Coleman holds masters and bachelor degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Her work resulted in a number of grant awards for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for health care delivery improvements. She is the author of numerous research reports, published articles and presentations, with a special emphasis on integrating Medicare and Medicaid programs and improving programs for the chronically ill.

INSPIRIS offers a win-win solution to America's public health crisis, offering a proven solution to effectively manage the top 5 percent of the population that is driving the majority of medical expenditures in the U.S.

About INSPIRIS      

INSPIRIS is a unique provider-driven complex care and care management company focusing on improving the quality of life for the medically complex, chronically ill, frail, and elderly. Through its proactive, high touch programs, INSPIRIS offers proven solutions that improve the quality of member care while lowering cost for health plans. Founded in 1998, INSPIRIS, Inc. is headquartered Nashville, Tennessee and has over 375 employees nationwide, over half of which are clinicians. INSPIRIS partners with health plans covering millions of Medicaid and Medicare members. For more information about INSPIRIS, visit www.inspiris.com

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