There are currently over 30,000 employees throughout Geisinger health system. Over 1,600 physicians are spread out over their 12 hospitals (Geisinger, 2015). Some of the hospitals employ doctors outside the Geisinger network. As a result, a strong health information exchange was implemented to ensure medical information can be sent safely and efficiently. The KeyHIE network is a database that shares health information with 18 different hospitals in Pennsylvania. From its launch in 2005, it has provided electronic health information, and made sharing medical records significantly easier especially when patients have to travel to specialty physicians (Geisinger, 2015).
Geisinger serves a high Medicare population, and how they reach their patients is contingent on what is accessible to the aging population. Geisinger did become part of both an accountable care organization and patient centered medical home. Keystone ACO is the umbrella that Geisinger falls under. This is collaboration between four health care systems that serve Central and Northeastern PA including: Geisinger Clinic, Evangelical Community Hospital, Wayne Memorial Hospital, and The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. The main goal of the ACO is to improve patient encounters and experiences. This is done by making sure that patients have advanced access to care. Data is analyzed to explore which services are being used the most (Reed, 2016).
The Keystone ACO is committed to focusing on better preventative services measures. One of the biggest goals of the ACO is to focus on early intervention of illnesses before they become chronic. This in turn reduces futures medical costs which is important for Medicare recipients. Better coordination of care results in reduced medical error rates, and healthier consumers. ACO works directly with primary care physicians to report and track patients quality measures, better than it if was just left to the physicians themselves (Reed, 2016)
Geisinger is the leading participator in the ACO under keystone. Its success is largely based on the population itself. GHS is the largest of the other mentioned organizations; therefore this is mainly why their numbers are the highest (Reed, 2016).
Patient Centered Medical Homes are also helping to improve patient care. Along with the ACO, PCMH’s try to advance patient care in order to have the most positive experience possible. Through consulting with the following groups; primary/specialty providers, family members, and the patient themselves, PCMH’s aim to provide the best possible care. As described multiple times, Geisinger is most proud of their ProvenHealth Navigator®. Medicare patients have had nothing but success with this program since its implementation. The ProvenHealth Navigator® is an exemplary model that has proven itself over the last few years to work (Maeng et al. 2015).
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