CircleLink Health Drives Better Chronic Care Management and Profit for a Primary Care Practice
In just a few months, CircleLink Health helped Newark Beth Israel’s Beth Prime Care, a hospital-owned clinic, grow its chronic care management (CCM) program over 14X to ~500 participating patients at ~$12,000 of profit each month.
Finding headcount and resources for quality care coaching across hundreds of patients can be challenging, even for hospital-owned primary care practices. Demands on staff continue to increase while reimbursements decline. Many practices lack the resources to focus on the nonface-to-face care required for Medicare’s new chronic care reimbursement plan. These are missed opportunities that would benefit the patients and the practice.
Through a fusion of modern software and high-touch telehealth service, CircleLink Health bridged the gaps in care coordination to support this physician practice in improving the health of their patients with chronic conditions. Highly qualified RN Care Coaches engaged patients by phone each month to assess compliance risks/drive preventive appointments, perform medication reconciliation, educate patients and assist with any questions that may have arisen since their last visit. CircleLink Health then provided all the billing data to obtain Medicare reimbursement.
The Results and Benefits
For this urban practice, CircleLink Health grew the program to over 500 patients. The results included improved care, an A1C average reduction of 0.7 (for diabetics with starting A1C over 7.0) and a $9,000 monthly boost to the group’s bottom line. ER visits and 30-day readmission rates were also reduced by 20% and 25%, respectively.** Anticipated annualized profits are over $150,000, excluding ancillary profit for screenings and services facilitated by CircleLink care coaches.
CircleLink Health completes the missing link in the care continuum, making chronic care management more effective and affordable.
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