PHILADELPHIA and NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Independence Blue Cross (IBC) and ReAdmission Solutions, LLC (RAS) today announced they have signed a letter of agreement to implement a pilot program to prevent hospital readmissions. RAS will conduct the pilot for IBC Keystone 65 and Personal Choice 65 Medicare Advantage members.
The objective of the pilot is to prevent hospital readmissions for members regardless of the patient's diagnosis or the hospital where they treated. It is expected that the first phase of the pilot will run 90-120 days and include 180 hospitalized IBC Medicare Advantage members, which is considered a statistically valid sample to determine effectiveness.
In announcing the agreement with ReAdmission Solutions, LLC, Richard L. Snyder, MD, senior vice president and IBC's chief medical officer said, "This pilot is part of our strategy to help our members successfully transition from inpatient care to outpatient settings through personalized monitoring upon admission to the hospital, and continued follow–up after they go home to avoid preventable readmissions."
ReAdmission Solutions will provide a registered nurse clinical coordinator to coordinate discharge planning and post acute care with hospital staff and other healthcare professionals.
Nathan M. Barotz, president of ReAdmission Solutions, LLC said, "Our experience in health care management, especially in post-acute care, allows us to develop a plan tailored for each patient through a 'high touch' program that uses physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dieticians, and mental health professionals to provide patient-centered care."
About ReAdmissions Solutions, LLC
ReAdmissions Solutions, LLC (RAS) (http://readmissionsolutions.net/) provides care coordination and management services to health plans, hospitals and accountable care organizations to reduce their patients' avoidable readmissions to hospitals. Through RAS' patient engagement and comprehensive care coordination program, RAS can guarantee at least a 30% reduction in readmissions.
About Independence Blue Cross
Proudly celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013, Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania serving more than seven million people nationwide, including 2.2 million in the region. We are enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more about how we are changing the game, visit www.ibx.com. Connect with us on Facebook at ibx.com/facebook and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
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