Issue 7, September 9, 2021
America faces daunting and complex healthcare challenges that include and go beyond the current pandemic. In myriad ways, innovative healthcare companies are developing solutions to improve access to care, battle disease, strengthen population health, and meet the needs of underserved communities. This newsletter will offer examples of Healthcare Leadership Council members answering the call.
Medicare Today Town Hall
September 15, 2021
2:00 p.m. ET
Discussion of the results of the annual Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit senior satisfaction survey.
Healthcare Workforce State of Affairs
September 29, 2021
2:00 p.m. ET
Labor shortages in the healthcare industry have taken a toll on access to care. Hear experts discuss national data on healthcare employment in addition to detailing the economic impact and perspectives on sustainable solutions.
Advocate Aurora Health Saves Taxpayers Millions While Elevating Quality of Care
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) affiliated with Advocate Aurora Health, a not-for-profit integrated health system in Illinois and Wisconsin, generated $110 million in savings in 2020 - the highest savings of any integrated health system in the nation - while taking steps to further enhance the high-quality, highly coordinated care it is delivering to its service regions.
Steps taken by Advocate Aurora, a Healthcare Leadership Council member, to improve patient outcomes while containing costs include full integration and alignment of ambulatory and inpatient care; expansion and standardization of clinical education, driving efficiencies and improving competencies while enabling care teams to see more patients; expanding the system's Advanced Care at Home Program; and increasing the number of patients served by over 5,600 cases across the two states.
Advocate Aurora Health CEO Jim Skogsbergh said, "Last year we established that once we were beyond this pandemic we wanted to be remembered for three things - for taking good care of our team members, our patients and our community. While the pandemic isn't over just yet, we continue to pull together, combining the skills of teams in Illinois and Wisconsin and putting our scale to work for our patients. Our results in this program put hard numbers on what we always say is true: We know how to help people live well."
Teladoc Health Providing Free Telehealth Visits to Those Affected by Hurricane Ida
Meeting the healthcare needs of a population affected by a natural disaster, Teladoc Health has been providing free, 24/7 general medical telehealth visits to residents, first responders and others directly impacted by Hurricane Ida and the devastating winds and flooding that have affected the area. Teladoc Health is a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council.
Teladoc Health's no-cost offerings include telehealth visits for common conditions including sinus problems, respiratory infections, allergies, cold and flu symptoms, and many other non-emergency illnesses. Individuals seeking physician authorization for prescription refills of non-narcotic drugs can also get assistance. Those who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or believe they have symptoms can be screened and triaged for care as needed.
Dr. Bimal Shah, Teladoc Health chief medical officer said, "As communities seek to navigate the impact of this hurricane along with an active pandemic, we want to make sure those faced with devastation and displacement from Ida are keeping their health front and center and know how to get care. Virtual care is a proven solution that supports community health during these times, as residents from evacuated areas seek to stay healthy when healthcare facilities and providers may also be affected and unable to meet all care needs."