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    MACIPA Awarded Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Quality Grant

    Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association has been awarded a Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Population Management grant to expand its integrated multidisciplinary team approach to managing patients with multiple chronic diseases.  A Systematic Case Review (SCR) Team consisting of Care Navigators, Social Workers, a Pharmacist, an Endocrinologist, a Cardiologist and a Psychiatrist conduct reviews of patients who struggle with chronic disease management of diagnoses ranging from diabetes to chronic hypertension. The SCR Team communicates medical and pharmaceutical recommendations that incorporate behavioral and psychosocial care back to the primary care physicians.  MACIPA’s care navigators, who have direct contact with patients, deliver [...]

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    Patient-Centered Medical Home

    The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a model of care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be”.  These Patient Centered Medical Homes are practices who have demonstrated excellence in the provision of quality, timely, comprehensive care and care coordination from a compassionate team of health care professionals. Care Teams may consist of many individuals, from doctors and medical assistants to pharmacists and social workers. They may also encompass community resources, such as Elder Services or Wellness programs. Care is provided for the whole person, over time, in a manner recognizing [...]

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    MACIPA on Harvard Pilgrim Honor Roll

    Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association (MACIPA) has been named to the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care 15th annual Physician Group Honor Roll.   The Harvard Pilgrim Honor Roll highlights physician groups that have achieved exceptional results in disease prevention and the treatment of acute and chronic illness for both adult and pediatric patients. MACIPA was selected to the Honor Roll based on clinical performance measured against national standards set by HEDIS® (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set), a tool developed for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to assess clinical performance. MACIPA was identified as an Honor Roll group [...]

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    Choosing Wisely

              MACIPA has joined Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) in advancing the Choosing Wisely® campaign – encouraging physicians and patients to work together to make decisions about appropriate and necessary care. More care is not always better care. Visit www.choosingwiselyma.org to learn more about how patients and providers in Massachusetts can think and talk about tests and procedures and when they may or may not be helpful.

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    Pioneer ACO: New Model of Care for Seniors Provides the Right Care In the Right Place

    Mount Auburn and MACIPA Partner on Important Medicare Pilot One of the main principles of health care reform is that keeping people healthy by providing preventive care is a smart approach. The adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” can be applied to healthcare. That is the premise behind a three-year project designed by Medicare to see if highly coordinated care, delivered by physician practices and hospitals, can keep seniors healthier. If the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is successful, people will spend less time in the hospital, and the nation’s health care bill will decrease. [...]

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    Using AQC Data and Reports

    Barbara Spivak, M.D., is president of Mount Auburn Cambridge IPA (MACIPA), one of the first AQC groups. Here she talks about how MACIPA uses AQC reports that show variations in physicians’ practice patterns: One of the most useful tools for helping doctors manage costs is for them to know where they are in the spectrum of utilization for specific clinical conditions, compared with other physicians in their specialties. When we look at the AQC reports, there is often wide variation within a specialty. For instance, if there are ten doctors in a particular specialty, you may see one whose use [...]

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    MACIPA is one of 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations chosen for major health care delivery reform effort

    On December 19, 2011, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (front & center) announced 32 leading health care organizations from across the country will participate in a new Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) initiative made possible by the Affordable Care Act.  MACIPA is one of the 32 Pioneer ACOs.  The initiative encourages primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals and other health care providers to better coordinate care for patients with Medicare. Read the whole press release by clicking on this link. You will need an Adobe Acrobat to view this file. To download Adobe Software, click here (credit line: HHS photo by Chris [...]

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    MACIPA named one of 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations to improve patient care coordination

    Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association (MACIPA) and Mount Auburn Hospital are selected as a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Read the whole press release by clicking on this link. You will need an Adobe Acrobat to view this file. To download Adobe Software, click here Center for Medicare Director Jonathan Blum, Hoangmai Pham, MD, MPH, ACO senior advisor, and CMS Innovation Center director Rick Gilfillan, all of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, congratulate Cambridge’s MACIPA, named as one of 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations today by U. S. Health & Human [...]

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    Understanding accountable health care organizations

    Five area hospital and doctor groups are trying out this new model, which is designed to improve the care of Medicare patients while lowering the costs of treating them Read the whole article by clicking on this link.  

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    Case Study: The Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association

    One of the most challenging aspects of building an accountable care organization (ACO) is bringing together physicians and hospitals to pursue quality improvement and cost-reduction goals when their operations are not otherwise integrated. This case study provides an example of how a Boston-area independent practice association forged relationships among physicians and a hospital to share in savings generated by improved quality and lower costs. Read the whole article by clicking on this link. You will need an Adobe Acrobat to view this file. To download Adobe Software, click here  

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