December 2017 Newsletter
Social Networking Event
SOHO HEALTH hosted its first Provider to Provider: “Networking @ Night” a social networking event in Windsor on December 5th to introduce primary care and specialty physicians working in the northern part of Connecticut. Over 70 participants, including 61 area physicians/clinicians, converged at the Marriott Hotel in Windsor to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres along with the company of their fellow SOHO HEALTH network providers. Ronald Kimmel, M.D., SOHO HEALTH Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, addressed the crowd and stressed the need to keep our patients within the SOHO HEALTH network for improved quality of care, better coordination of care and lower overall medical cost for our network.
Physicians and clinicians mixed and mingled in a casual atmosphere and then participated in “speed networking” sessions. Specialists assigned to tables met PCPs as they rotated every few minutes from one table to the next. The speed networking afforded providers the opportunity to meet new clinicians in their area, connect a colleague’s face to a name and, in some cases, re-connect old colleagues.
The feedback from attendees at the event was extremely positive. One PCP stated, “Great event! I met so many physicians I did not know were seeing patients in this area.” One specialist commented, “This was fantastic! I met new PCPs in the area. When is the next event?”
SOHO HEALTH has scheduled a few more social networking events for 2018. The next Provider to Provider: Networking @ Night will be at the Hilton Garden Inn in Glastonbury on Thursday, January 31, 2018, for providers “east of the river.” We will also host an event in Simsbury on March 15, 2018, for providers in the Farmington Valley/Bloomfield area.
If you would like more information on upcoming events, please contact Gina Munson at Gmunson@stfranciscare.org or 860.714.5776.
To register for the January event click here.
SOHO HEALTH Medical Benefit Opportunity
SOHO HEALTH has announced a partnership with Engage; one of the nation’s leading Professional Employer Organizations. Engage specializes in providing health care professionals with cost effective employee benefits, human resource management, payroll and workers’ compensation. Coming together as a larger group can reduce medical insurance costs by sharing the risk with others while giving you access to in-network pricing discounts.
If you are interested in learning more about how you might be able to provide healthcare benefits to your employees, please contact Kathy Strauch at email@example.com or 860.714.1245.
Register today for our February 8, 2018 12:15-1:15 pm – Click Here
Highlights from the 2017 DC Forum
Jess Kupec traveled to Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress to drive efforts to strengthen the collaboration among state health sector leaders and federal policy makers.
The Connecticut Health Council is an association of health sector leaders who work together to promote Connecticut as a premier center for the development of businesses, initiatives and technology that improve health care and wellness both nationally and in the State. In 2017, local healthcare thought leaders traveled to Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress. The purpose of the DC Forum was to push a collaborative agenda focusing on strengthening Connecticut. Our own Jess Kupec participated in the forum and his comments are featured in the video highlight below.
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Upcoming SOHO HEALTH Events
Take a look at our 2018 Quarter One Events going on at SFCHP. Click on the event to read more or to register:
- Thursday, January 30 – 6-8 pm, Provider to Provider: Networking @ Night
- Tuesday, February 6 – 6-7 am, Provider Education: MSSP Track 1 Plus, SNF 3-Day Rule Waiver
- Thursday, February 8 – 12:15-1 pm, Engage Health Benefits Webinar
- Thursday, February 22 – 6-7 pm, Provider Education: MSSP Track 1 Plus, SNF 3-Day Rule Waiver
- Thursday, March 15 – 6-8 pm, Provider to Provider: Networking @ Night – Registration Coming Soon
- Tuesday, March 27, 12-1:30pm – SOHO HEALTH Practice Manager’s Meeting
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A Patient Story
This story highlights the work of one of our team embers, Melissa Jones, on behalf of one of our patients.
Jane (not her real name) is a 91-year-old patient who was referred to Melissa Jones, Community Healthcare Coach, from a family member who had utilized healthcare coaching services in the past. Jane’s medical history includes osteoarthritis, history of stroke, hypertension, hearing loss and difficulty with her gait while walking. Melissa was able to identify that the patient struggled with a number of challenges including a history of falls at home, living alone without assistance, concerns regarding safety at home, trouble with activities of daily living and financial difficulties.
ENGAGEMENT WITH CARE COORDINATION SERVICES
Melissa attended several medical appointments with Jane where they assessed her health and safety needs. Melissa was able to work with Jane’s providers to have homecare and social work services established for her patient.
Over the course of these meetings, Melissa built a rapport with Jane and discussed several programs that could provide support with independence at home and provide her a safety plan if something were to happen. Through these conversations, Melissa identified that Jane was extremely concerned about disclosing financial information to determine eligibility for assistance and was hesitant to ask for financial assistance from others including her family.
Melissa was able to educate Jane on the importance of self-advocacy and asking for assistance when needed. As a result, Jane reached her goal of living independently at home with a safety plan by having Lifeline installed. Jane was able to convey her needs to her family supports who ended up offering to help pay for the system.
Following the installation of the Lifeline, Jane suffered a medical event at home where she was able to utilize the Lifeline system and make it safely to the hospital. Upon further examination in the hospital it was determined that Jane needed higher level of care rehab services following her hospitalization and would be followed by a SOHO HEALTH Post-Acute Care Manager at a skilled nursing facility.
Through the SOHO HEALTH Care Coordination team, Jane received improved quality care. Jane was able to receive additional services at her home through homecare. Lifeline, reduced the risk of injury due to the rapid response of Lifeline and EMS during her medical emergency and instilled a positive rapport with the patient and family so that future healthcare needs can be addressed.