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Nine Adena Clinics Earn Nation’s Highest Level for PCMH/Quality
November 20, 2014
Adena Health System has received word from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) that nine more of its primary care clinics’ Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) programs have earned the nation’s highest level of distinction for quality. Each of the nine clinics joins Adena Family Medicine – Waverly, the Health System’s pilot program as a Level 3-designated program. By earning a Level 3 designation, patients can be assured these clinics are following the highest national standards in providing quality care.
“In January 2014, we started an aggressive plan to have our outpatient clinics understand and develop Patient Centered Medical Homes, and to apply for formal NCQA national recognition as a PCMH. This was no small feat,” said Dr. H. Takaji Kittaka, Jr., Adena’s Chief Transformation Officer. “Clinic managers, physicians and staff were very engaged in developing a PCMH within their clinics, as a way to improve the quality and coordination of care for their patients. By achieving an NCQA Level 3 designation, patients can be assured they are receiving excellent, coordinated care in Adena’s primary care clinics.”
In addition to Adena Waverly Family Medicine, Adena’s newly-designated Level 3 primary care clinics include: Adena Family Medicine-Circleville; Adena Family Medicine-Greenfield; Adena Family Medicine-Piketon; Adena Family Medicine-Washington Court House; Adena Internal Medicine (Chillicothe); Adena Chillicothe Family Physicians; Adena Jackson Family Practice and Pediatrics; Adena Family Medicine-Oak Hill; and Adena Pickaway Ross Family Physicians. Additional Adena clinics are expected to receive NCQA designation in the near future.
Patient Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care delivery designed to strengthen the patient-clinician relationship. A PCMH helps to replace episodic care with long-term coordinated care and improved focus on patient self-management and engagement. PCMH encourages teamwork and coordination among the patient’s clinicians and support staff, giving patients' better access to care and a greater role in making their own care decisions.
Adena began its Waverly PCMH pilot in early 2011.
Adena Health System has been awarded the Area Agency on Aging District 7’s (AAA7) 2014 Trailblazer Award. The Award recognizes pioneers who have blazed a trail to guide others with unique and innovative ideas or programs.
Adena was recently honored, along with two other regional health systems, for helping AAA7 with its Community Care Transitions Project (CCTP). The CCTP assists individuals in achieving better health outcomes as they transition from the hospital setting to home, assisted living, or nursing care facility.
“Adena Health System has put together a robust Clinical Integration program that is intended to provide a full-spectrum of care for our patients,” said Adena’s Vice President of Clinical Integration Bambi Huffman, RN, BSN, MHA. “By collaborating with other healthcare providers, Extended Care Facilities and the Area Agency on Aging, we are working to effectively manage the care of high-risk patients while they are in our hospitals, as well as making sure they have everything in place when they are discharged. This is helping to better prepare them and/or their caregiver to manage their health condition, and to avoid the need for a hospital readmission.”
Through its efforts to reduce hospital readmissions, since 2012, Adena has seen a three-percent reduction in readmissions for patients in the program’s three areas of focus. These include congestive heart failure, diabetes and pneumonia.
Readmission teams from Adena, other area health systems and AAA7 meet regularly to discuss the most effective ways to engage with patients, and to share best practices and successes. The overall goal of the Care Transitions Project is to improve patient health outcomes and reduce the recurrence of illness and necessary hospital readmissions.
Representatives of Adena Greenfield Medical Center presented Greenfield Exempted Village School District Superintendent Joe Wills and school nurse Katie Pryor with a check for $1,400 to purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED) unit.
An AED is a portable device that sends an electric shock to the heart, to try to restore a normal rhythm in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. In many cases, the use of an AED in a time of crisis can save a person’s life.
Pictured with Mr. Wills and Ms. Pryor are (l-r) Adena Greenfield Medical Center’s Emergency Department Manager Heidi Bell and Director of Rehabilitation Services Lynn Harris.
Adena and Community Health Leaders Are Prepared to Handle Ebola If Needed
October 10, 2014
Adena Health System, first responders and area health leaders recently gathered to discuss plans and procedures that are in place for treating patients with highly communicable diseases, such as Ebola. Including many Adena experts, others in attendance for the discussion were representatives of: the Ross County Health Department; the Ross County Sheriff’s Department; EMS; Ohio State Highway Patrol; VA Medical Center; and funeral directors. The group discussed recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in managing patients showing symptoms of Ebola, isolation and quarantine requirements, transportation to other facilities, and care for deceased patients with the disease.
The Ebola outbreak is centered in western Africa, but a Liberian man recently returned to Dallas, Texas from Liberia carrying the disease, and died. Those mainly at risk for Ebola are people who have traveled to western Africa within the past several weeks, and those who have been in close contact with them. Ebola is spread through close contact with blood or other bodily fluids. The virus is not spread through the air or indirect contact (such as a door knob). Symptoms of Ebola include: fever, muscle pain, vomiting and sometimes bleeding.
While it is highly unlikely that a case of Ebola would present in southern Ohio, the healthcare community, law enforcement and first responders are confident the protocols that are in place would be effective in identifying a patient with the disease, isolating that patient, and protecting healthcare workers and the community as a whole
For more information about Ebola and CDC recommendations, visit www.cdc.gov.
Adena Pharmacy is joining the fight against drug abuse by taking part in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 27. The Adena Pharmacy is partnering with the City of Chillicothe Police Department for this event, where officers will safely dispose of all prescription medicines, free of charge and no questions asked.
The public is invited to drop off old prescription medications Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PACCAR Medical Education Center, located at 446 Hospital Road on Adena’s campus in Chillicothe.
Adena Pharmacist Richard Ash shares the importance of this community-wide initiative. “We have all these medicines in our cabinets that we don’t use anymore,” he says. “We keep them thinking we might need them someday; but, this is where a lot of the prescription drug abuse starts, in the home medicine cabinet.”
Non-medical use of controlled substance medications is at an all-time. Nearly 7 million Americans reported having abused prescription drugs in 2012, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). That same study shows that more than 54 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.
The event is part of Adena’s Prescription Drug Safety Initiative, an ongoing effort to educate our community and raise awareness about the drug abuse problem. The program is made possible by a grant from Cardinal Health Foundation.