SOHO HEALTH Blog

Best Practices in Managing a Medical Practice
By: Susan D. Albano, Chief Executive Officer at Prime HealthCare, PC
Posted 7.27.2021

Managing a medical practice is challenging in the best of times – throw in a pandemic and the challenges increase exponentially.  Arguably, Covid-19 has been one of the biggest disruptors in our industry, but we face the need to change and adapt regularly.   In his article, The Innovative Health Care Leader, Michael Morrow-Fox describes the rate change in health care knowledge as having doubled every 50 years in the 1950’s, every 7 years in the 1980’s then every 3 ½ years in the 2010.  Read more…

Secure Clinical Data Exchange Comes to Connecticut
By: Renee Broadbent, VP, Information Technology at SOHO HEALTH and Jenn Searls, Executive Director, Connie
Posted 6.4.2021

It was every adult child’s worst nightmare – a frantic drive to the Emergency Department with mom getting worse by the minute. For Brenda, the stress was just beginning. Upon arrival, the staff asked Brenda for a list of her mother’s medications. She didn’t have one, but assumed they’d be able to look up her mother’s medication list in their electronic medical record (EMR) since her mother’s primary care physician’s office was on the hospital campus. Unfortunately, they didn’t share the same EMR. Read more…

Virtual Health
By: William G. Rabitaille, MD, FACP, Director of Safety Net Clinics: Gengras & Burgdorf Clinics, Trinity Health Of New England
Posted 5.18.2021

Virtual health…or telehealth…or telemedicine…they’re all variations on the same thing: A clinician is in one area and a patient is in a totally different area, yet they are communicating about health.  Not surprisingly, virtual healthcare became a focus during the COVID-19 pandemic as a means of maintaining patient access while protecting social distance.  The pandemic placed a necessity on breaking down the various barriers to ubiquitous telehealth; financial, technological, comfort level.  It meant an opportunity to test the waters and many—patients, providers and administrators–saw great potential.     Read more…

Leveraging the Care Team to Achieve the ‘Triple Aim’
By: Jessica LeTourneau, MBA, Manager, Quality & Performance at SOHO HEALTH
Posted 4.29.2021

As healthcare shifts to value-based care and other payment models, the focus on patient-centered care is gaining more attention, moving the focus away from throughput toward improved quality and patient experience.  SOHO HEALTH has developed its population health programs to provide wrap-around care for our patients that compliments the work of the Primary Care Provider (PCP).  Establishing a multidisciplinary care team can address all aspects of the patient’s care and helps to achieve the Triple Aim – better care for individuals, better health for populations, at a lower cost of care.   Read more…

Social Work Month 2021
By: Nina Arnold, MPH, RN, CCHWC, CBN is Manager, Care Management at SOHO HEALTH
Posted 3.25.2021

March marks National Social Work Month. The social work movement began in the late 1800’s, with the first class offered at Columbia University in 1898. The social work profession stems from raising awareness and addressing social injustices impacting community members. Their work began with individuals experiencing abuse and neglect and evolved to working with individuals challenged with mental health illness, substance abuse concerns, and financial constraints. Social workers advocate for the needs of vulnerable populations and remain deeply invested in individual and community needs today.  Read more…

Diagnostic Imaging and Healthcare 3.0
By: Anthony Posteraro, III, M.D., Radiologist, Radiology Associates of Hartford, P.C. and Co-Chair, SOHO HEALTH Board of Directors
Posted 2.16.2021

Today, healthcare in the United States encompasses a disproportionate amount of the economy, hovering just below 20% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  It has been immune to rational market forces that would ultimately drive competition and value in any other industry.  No other country in the world has faced such high cost and low return as measured by life expectancy, chronic disease burden, outcomes, equity, and ultimately public trust.  Read more…

Prevention & Disease Management are Game Changers in APM Quality Performance
By: Jessica LeTourneau, MBA, Manager, Quality & Performance at SOHO HEALTH
Posted 1.28.2021

When itemizing quality measures across numerous Alternative Payment Model (APM) contracts, you are likely to end up with a plethora of metrics and even more variations in their definitions, scoring calculations, target thresholds, and impact on financial performance.  To improve quality and prioritize this work for primary care providers, we look for measures that are standard across contracts and translate easily into typical practice workflows. Read more…

The Value of Bundled Payments in the Value-Based Healthcare Transformation
By: Steven F. Schutzer, M.D., Physician Executive, Orthopedic Service Line, Trinity Health Of New England
Posted 12.30.2020

At 17.7% of GDP, healthcare costs in the United States hold the dubious distinction of being the most expensive among the 37 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, significantly more than Switzerland (12.3%) and France (11.3%), the second and third highest spenders.  But wait, you say: “you get what you pay for”.  Not so fast.  Read more…

Open Collaboration is Key with Post-Acute Partners During the COVID Crisis
By: Amanda Schutz, LNHA, Regional Manager, Post-Acute Care at SOHO HEALTH
Posted 11.24.2020

Like many hospitals in the region and around the county found, Phase I of the COVID-19 pandemic strained hospitals. They faced surge capacity and the inability to admit or readmit patients to skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Simultaneously, skilled nursing facilities were charged with protecting seniors – the most vulnerable population affected by the virus. Read more…

Lessons Learned from the Pandemic: Creating Sustainable Change to our Healthcare System
By: Lisa Trumble, SOHO HEALTH President & CEO
Posted 10.12.2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed both the best and the worst of our nation’s healthcare system. On the positive side, we saw our healthcare heroes selflessly care for patients at significant personal risk and much well-deserved public appreciation for the service they provide each day.  Alternatively, the pandemic has highlighted the fragility and fragmentation of our current healthcare structure.  Read more…