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Illinois Rural Community Care Organization ACO & RoundingWell Partner to Enable Improved Patient Engagement and Care Coordination

RoundingWell to be deployed in January 2017 as part of a 3-year agreement to make a positive impact on quality and shared savings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — December 20, 2016 — RoundingWell, an integrated care management software provider, announced today an agreement with the Illinois Rural Community Care Organization (IRCCO) to deploy RoundingWell in support of an ACO initiative across Illinois comprised of 24 critical access and rural hospitals, 35 rural health clinics, and 14 independent rural physician practices. RoundingWell’s care management platform will help IRCCO’s integrated clinician teams provide care for more than 24,000 Medicare beneficiaries.

“IRCCO has made great strides in the last year toward understanding and improving the health of our beneficiaries,” said Pat Schou, Executive Director, IRCCO. “RoundingWell is the final piece of the puzzle that will enable us to engage and coordinate care for our higher-risk patients by using standardized protocols that are accessible to all care coordinators at our 24-plus locations.”

John Smithwick, CEO of RoundingWell, emphasized, “This is a perfect example of the integrated care delivery models that we built RoundingWell to support. Dedicated care coordinators are working with clinicians from hospitals and primary care settings across Illinois to deliver collectively the very best care for the patients they manage.”

Eric Johns, VP of Business Development at RoundingWell, added “The RoundingWell team is very honored and excited about this partnership with IRCCO. Both organizations desire to improve patient care, and we are confident that with their coordinators, ACO members’ clinician teams, and our technology, we can make a positive impact on quality and ultimately assist them in achieving shared savings.”

For more information, visit iruralhealth.org or RoundingWell.com.

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About the Illinois Rural Community Care Organization
IRCCO is a statewide rural accountable care organization. It is comprised of 24 critical access and rural hospitals, 35 rural health clinics, and 14 independent rural physician practices providing care and services for more than 24,000 Medicare beneficiaries.

About RoundingWell
RoundingWell is integrated care management software for provider organizations’ accountable care, value-based, and population health initiatives. Picking up where EMRs stop, care teams use RoundingWell to coordinate care, engage patients, and measure quality. RoundingWell is offered as a subscription service to a variety of healthcare organizations, including hospitals, Accountable Care Organizations, and specialty care providers.

The Rogosin Institute Selects RoundingWell as its Care Coordination Platform to Facilitate Innovative CMS Kidney Care Model

RoundingWell now supports four of the 13 CMS ESCO participants

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — June 29,2016 — RoundingWell, an integrated care management platform, today announced its participation in The Rogosin Institute’s Rogosin Kidney Care Alliance ESCO (End-Stage Renal Disease Seamless Care Organization) within the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) innovative Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease Care (CEC) Model.

"The achievement of truly integrated care that improves health and quality-of-life outcomes for end-stage, dialysis-dependent kidney patients is the goal of the ESCO, and we are privileged to be participating in this effort,” said Barry Smith, MD, PhD, President & CEO of Rogosin. "RoundingWell is providing care management software that is essential to the facilitation of such patient-centered care, both in and out of the dialysis clinic. With its care model supported by this technology, the Rogosin Kidney Care Alliance is poised to improve both care management and patient outcomes."

With the addition of Rogosin, RoundingWell now supports four of the 13 ESCOs participating in CMS’s CEC Model.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Rogosin to help them operationalize the CEC Model,” said RoundingWell CEO John Smithwick. “Our platform enables the next generation of care delivery – one that is integrated, team-based, and patient-centered. RoundingWell is committed to seeing our customer partners be successful as we pursue our mission to transform the delivery of care.”

For more information, visit rogosin.org, rogosinkca.com, and RoundingWell.com.

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About The Rogosin Institute
The Rogosin Institute is a world-renowned not-for-profit medical treatment and research center for kidney disease and its complications. Rogosin also provides treatment programs for patients with high cholesterol and has innovative research programs in cancer and diabetes. The Rogosin Institute is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine and is a Sponsored Member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network.

About RoundingWell
RoundingWell is integrated care management software for provider organizations’ accountable care, value-based, and population health initiatives. Picking up where EMRs (electronic medical records) stop, care teams use RoundingWell to track their populations, coordinate care, and engage patients. RoundingWell is offered as a subscription service to a variety of health care entities, including hospitals, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Medicare Advantage plans, and specialty care providers.

Music City Kidney Care Alliance Selects RoundingWell for Care Coordination

-- Release sourced from Dialysis Clinic, Inc. --

Medical Community Forms Partnership to Transform Kidney Care

 
 

Music City Kidney Care Alliance established within Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - April 14, 2016 - PRLog -- In an effort to demonstrate that the delivery of kidney care can be improved from the current patient experience and offered at a reduced cost to Medicare, Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) has joined forces with a select group of community health partners to establish the Music City Kidney Care Alliance. The newly formed six partner alliance will demonstrate an improved, continuous model of care for people with kidney disease under the new Medicare Demonstration.

These healthcare providers and suppliers are considered Participants in the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Seamless Care Organization (ESCO), and together they are clinically and financially responsible for all care offered to patients under this new model, not just dialysis services or care specifically related to a patient's kidney disease.

The Music City Kidney Care Alliance ESCO spans the Middle Tennessee area. Its Participant Owners, who are responsible for improving the care provided to more than 500 patients, include:

  • Adel Saleh, MD
  • Alive Hospice, Inc.
  • Aspire Health Medical Partners of Middle Tennessee, PC
  • Nephrology Associates, PC
  • The Surgical Clinic, PLLC
  • Dialysis Clinic, Inc.

Reducing cost is one area of potential improvement for the kidney community along with improving coordination of care. Dialysis patients have complex health needs that are typically addressed by a variety of health care providers. More often than not, the care that a patient receives is not coordinated among providers.

The ESCO is utilizing dynamic health information technology to enhance communication and care coordination. "Our path to success for the Music City ESCO is with an integrated care model," said Robert Taylor, MD, Music City ESCO Chief Medical Officer. "RoundingWell is providing the care management platform that's helping the Music City ESCO participant-owners provide patient-centered care, both in and outside of the dialysis clinic. With the care model and the technology in alignment, the Music City ESCO is poised to deliver improved outcomes and reduced costs."

In addition, the ESCO represents a multispecialty group of providers working together to transform the care that dialysis patients receive. "Collaborative care is essential in providing the quality of care patients deserve, and we believe the Music City Kidney Care Alliance is a model to follow," said Anna-Gene O'Neal, Alive Hospice President and CEO and ESCO Participant. "One of the important aspects of this partnership is offering comprehensive care that meets patients' needs and goals when dialysis is no longer effective or desired. Alive Hospice applauds DCI for its deep concern for patients' quality of life as they pursue curative treatments, and, when the time is right, helping them transition into specialized care for the last months of life."

Patients participating in the ESCO will retain their full Medicare benefits and the freedom to choose their own providers. They will not experience a change in their health insurance coverage or benefit options.

Medicare patients receiving dialysis treatment in a DCI facility participating in the Music City Kidney Care Alliance ESCO have been mailed notification letters, alerting them to the new model of care. Participating DCI dialysis clinics include:

  • DCI Clarksville Highway
  • DCI Cumberland
  • DCI Dickson
  • DCI Home Training
  • DCI Lebanon
  • DCI Med Center
  • DCI Madison
  • DCI Murfreesboro
  • DCI Southern Hills
  • DCI Summit Medical Center
  • DCI Shelbyville
  • DCI Waverly

"We have implemented care coordinator positions within the ESCO to streamline care for new and high-risk dialysis patients and developed partnerships to coordinate patient needs that were once difficult to manage," said Doug Johnson, MD, Music City ESCO Executive Director and Chairman of the Board. "We believe this innovative approach will improve the care that kidney patients receive. We look forward to evaluating the success of this Medicare demonstration model with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and sharing our results with the community."

More information about the Music City Kidney Care Alliance ESCO can be found at:

www.MusicCityKidneyCare.com

More information about the Medicare demonstration can be found at:

http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/comprehensive-ESRD-...

The statements contained in this document are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of CMS. The authors assume responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the information contained in this document.

RoundingWell Partners With Redox Engine to Link Platform with EHRs

Redox to integrate RoundingWell platform with customers’ EHRs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — March 15, 2016 — RoundingWell today announced their partnership with Redox, a modern application programming interface (API) for electronic health record (EHR) integration, to expand the breadth and depth of integration possibilities with RoundingWell’s care management platform.
 
This partnership accelerates the time to system integration while also reducing the total cost of integration. RoundingWell believes in breaking down data silos and making data actionable for care teams in their care delivery workflows. This partnership streamlines and simplifies RoundingWell integration with a long and growing list of EHR vendors, such as Epic, Cerner, athenahealth, McKesson, and GE.
 
“Redox is passionate about solving data integration challenges to achieve true system interoperability. RoundingWell enables care teams to better utilize EHR data for population health, care management, and patient engagement use cases. Redox makes the data available and RoundingWell puts it to work; it’s a fantastic partnership," said Devin Soelberg, Chief Customer Officer at Redox.
 
Having a reliable integration to patients’ historical records is a necessity, and Redox will ensure patient information is safely and fully relayed from RoundingWell’s platform back into the EHR thereby eliminating any need for double documentation.
 
“Each EHR has a unique way of storing and communicating information between systems,” said RoundingWell CTO Will Weaver. “We are using Redox to help combat this variability. Their engine helps normalize our customers' data so that RoundingWell can receive it in the way we prefer. This allows our developers to focus on building features that make our customers' data actionable rather than having to create a custom one-off integration for each and every customer.”

For more information visit RoundingWell.com and RedoxEngine.com.

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About RoundingWell
RoundingWell is an integrated care management platform purpose-built for provider organizations’ population health initiatives. Picking up where EMRs stop, care teams use RoundingWell to track their populations, coordinate care, and engage patients. RoundingWell is offered as a subscription service to a variety of healthcare entities, including health systems, ACOs, Medicare Advantage plans and specialty care providers.
 
About Redox Engine
A modern API for EHR integration, Redox is the bridge of interoperability from health systems to the cloud and back. Redox expedites integration strategy by handling the mapping and connectivity, so application developers and health systems get a consistent experience regardless of what data is exchanged. With the help of Redox to solve EMR integration, health-tech vendors can concentrate on building awesome products. Once connected to Redox, health systems have access to the largest ecosystem of integrated applications. Learn more about the ecosystem in the Redox Gallery.

 

RoundingWell Patient-Generated Data Changing Delivery of Care After Acute Episodes and Between Visits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When it comes to the changing health status of patients after acute episodes and between visits, uncertainty abounds. Until now, care teams have had little to no visibility into the health of their populations, severely limiting their ability to prevent adverse health events before costs spiral. RoundingWell, a care management and patient engagement platform, today has released initial insights uncovered from analysis of data gathered directly from patient populations and care teams using the RoundingWell platform over the last 12 months. Insights include the three most prevalent risks for chronic and post-acute patients and three ways care teams are changing the delivery of care.

Three Top Risks

  1. Blood Pressure Management: Risk factors include hypertensive and hypotensive episodes
  2. Care Plan Adherence: Risk factors include specific difficulties following care plans, lack of resources needed to follow care plans, and stress and confusion following the care plan
  3. Medication Therapy Management: Risk factors include need for thorough medication review and medication planning for palliation

"For so long, actionable data about what happens to patients after hospitalizations and between visits has been too expensive or too difficult to gather,” said Dr. Robert Taylor, RoundingWell chief medical officer. “Now with RoundingWell, care delivery organizations can know what’s actually happening with their populations in near real-time. This opens the door to all sorts of new ways to restructure the delivery of care."

Three Ways Care Teams are Changing the Delivery of Care

Analysis of the RoundingWell data highlights new ways care teams are taking action to manage patients and their identified health risks. Results show that proactive interventions, asynchronous communication, and standardized care protocols helped address health risks in patient populations.

  • Proactive interventions. Care team members proactively intervened on chronic patients long before their next scheduled appointments. RoundingWell significantly decreased the time between a patient’s health status change and clinician intervention. With a typical twice/year appointment schedule, the time between health status change and intervention can be as long as six months. With RoundingWell, the average time between health status change and intervention was 6.5 days.
  • Asynchronous communication. Care team members’ efficiency dramatically improved with asynchronous communication. Clinician-to-patient direct messages replaced thousands of manual phone calls. Sending direct messages takes a fraction of the time it takes to make manual phone calls. Direct messages delivered in RoundingWell are read by patients 87% of the time.
  • Standardized care protocols. Multidisciplinary care teams worked together to better manage populations. Pathways, standardized care protocols, were implemented for nearly half of all risks identified. Pathways included an average of 12 tasks spanning up to five (5) clinical roles.

Data was gathered over the past year at organizations from a diverse mix of patient populations including nephrology, cardiology, diabetes, oncology, and orthopedics, spread across seven states.

RoundingWell expects to release a full report of their data analysis in early 2016. For more information, please visit www.RoundingWell.com.

About RoundingWell

RoundingWell is a cloud-based care management platform to help providers transition to a value-based world, and to help clinician teams engage patients and coordinate the delivery of care. RoundingWell is offered as a subscription service to a variety of health care entities, including hospitals, ACOs, Medicare Advantage plans and specialty care providers.

 

RoundingWell Partners with The Center for Case Management to Help Healthcare Organizations Make the Move to Value-Based Care

Care management consultation and technology solutions will be offered in combination to make the transition away from fee-for-service more time and cost-efficient

 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn. - April 1, 2015) - Today RoundingWell, an integrated care management platform provider, announced a partnership with Boston-based Center for Case Management. The two companies will work together to help clients adapt to the needs of emerging value-based payment models.

To meet the growing demand for integrated approaches to health care delivery, provider organizations of all types are looking to make sometimes fundamental enhancements to their care delivery capabilities. These “enhancements” can be applied to every element of the care delivery continuum, from strategy and people, to processes and technology.

In anticipation of this shift, RoundingWell and The Center for Case Management will work together to provide solutions for healthcare organizations to help them operate successfully in environments where revenues are increasingly tied to the optimization of care coordination and patient outcomes.

“RoundingWell is a complete package for population health care/case management and is the strongest IT solution we have seen,” said Karen Zander, president and CEO of The Center for Case Management. “It connects team members that need information in order to accurately intervene, and helps patients self-pace adoption of new information, values and skills.”

“A patient that has RoundingWell on their phone or computer has a care manager with them at all times,” Zander noted. “ A longitudinal care team spread across multiple levels of care has the comfort that they will be alerted if there are problems. In addition, health systems and ACOs have the reassurance that their risk contracts with Medicare and other payers will not be risky, because patients will receive the help they need at the right time to help achieve their expected outcomes.”

Hospital systems, population health providers, ACOs, home health and providers of all types are transitioning to fee-for-outcomes delivery models, explained John Smithwick, CEO of RoundingWell.

“This transition doesn’t happen overnight. And change is not always easy. We recognized the need to work with knowledgeable and respected consulting groups that are helping providers introduce these innovative care delivery models,” Smithwick said. “In partnering with The Center for Case Management – an organization that has the depth of knowledge and years of proven experience that it does – we make it easier for providers of all types to have a clear path to value-based care. We’ve learned that this path is never cookie cutter. It is often driven by the unique and specific objectives of each provider. Working together, our two organizations can help meet these needs.”

With more than 30 years of experience helping health care systems transform their care delivery capabilities, The Center for Case Management has a deep base of knowledge to help health systems manage organizational change, as well to provide ongoing support to those implementing new care management techniques.

To learn more, visit RoundingWell.com.

About RoundingWell

RoundingWell is a cloud-based care management platform to help providers transition to a value-based world, and to help clinician teams engage patients and coordinate the delivery of care. RoundingWell is offered as a subscription service to a variety of health care entities, including hospitals, ACOs, Medicare Advantage plans and specialty care providers.

About CCM

The Center for Case Management, Inc.,  founded in 1986 at New England Medical Center Hospitals (now Tufts Medical Center), Boston, continues to be the industry leader in the custom development of tools, roles and systems for managing outcome-driven care from the bedside to the boardroom at the lowest possible LOS and cost per case across the continuum. CCM’s clients include hospitals and health systems; small and large direct care provider agencies and physician groups, health plans, information systems and pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions and professional associations.

As the innovators of outcome-based clinical paths (CareMap™ tools) and clinical case management, CCM constantly expands those and other methods for achieving cost/quality outcomes, including analyses of case type level data and case management performance indicators for both payers and providers. CCM provides solutions and implementation strategies to meet the unique needs of clients as they seek ways to meet mission and margin targets.