Advanced Illness Management from Sutter Health
Program Featured as “Profile of Innovation” in Health Affairs
SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 8, 2011 - Preliminary data shows that Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management program (AIM) helps improve the quality of care for patients in the advanced stages of chronic illness, helping to reduce health care costs while increasing the quality of life for patients. Today AIM is featured as a “profile of innovation” in the March edition of Health Affairs article on www.healthaffairs.org.
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.
In 2009 Sutter Health expanded the AIM program in the Sacramento area. The expansion builds on the services already provided in AIM and studies, among a broader base of patients, the impact of managing care transitions, reducing unwanted emergency room visits and hospital readmissions.
Preliminary outcomes data from November 2009 through September 2010 show that patients in the program had fewer hospitalizations while enrolled in AIM resulting in an average savings of $2,000 per patient per month.
“Patients with advanced chronic illnesses often have complex health care needs. This complexity can result in patients’ wishes going unidentified or misunderstood,” said Brad Stuart M.D., medical director for Sutter Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) and Hospice. “This means unnecessary health procedures are sometimes pursued that drive up costs for the patient without enhancing their quality of life or clinical outcomes.”
“The AIM program has received national attention – from the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Center for Health Transformation’s public-private consortium, and now Health Affairs – for its potential to better meet patients’ end-of-life care wishes, improve quality of life and ease the cost burden on patients, their families and the overall health care system,” added Dr. Stuart.
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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