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    Funding to Study Better Care Coordination for Patients with Chronic Illness

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., December 16, 2011 - A new research project, funded by The SCAN Foundation, will study Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management (AIM) program to determine how to expand AIM as a national best-practice model. The SCAN Foundation will fund Avalere Health, a leading national health policy consulting firm, to support analysis of the AIM program’s patient outcomes data to help determine how to take AIM to scale.

    “Preliminary studies show that AIM better meets patients’ wishes, and ensures they receive the highest quality care and experience specific to their needs. This ultimately improves a patient’s overall care experience while reducing health care costs,” said Brad Stuart, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Sutter Care at Home.

    “Over half of all people with advanced chronic illness have multiple conditions and complex care needs,” added Dr. Stuart. “All of us in the health care industry must transform the way we care for our most seriously ill patients so they remain as independent and comfortable as possible, avoid unnecessary hospital admissions, and receive the care they want.”

    The SCAN Foundation is dedicated to creating a society in which seniors receive medical treatment and human services that are integrated in the setting most appropriate to their needs. Sutter Care at Home is an affiliate of Sutter Health, providing a wide array of home care, home-based and hospice services.

    About AIM
    Sutter Health’s AIM program helps coordinate health care services—hospital, outpatient and home care—so that the right care is delivered at the right time, in the right place, according to each patient’s specific wishes and needs. Implemented by Sutter Care at Home, AIM was launched out of the Sutter Medical Network in 2009 and operates in the greater Sacramento area.

    Preliminary outcome data published in the March 2011 issue of Health Affairs showed that patients had fewer hospitalizations while enrolled in AIM, resulting in an average savings of $2,000 per patient per month.

    About Sutter Health
    Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

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