National initiative promotes patients advocating for the right care at the right time
Providence, R.I. – In support of its mission to improve the patient experience of care and the health of populations while reducing the cost of health care, Integra Community Care Network ACO announced it has joined the Choosing Wisely Rhode Island campaign to promote better and more effective communications between patients and their providers in order to advance a dialogue on avoiding unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures.
In addition to an ongoing patient educational campaign focused on learning how to more effectively advocate for better health care for themselves and their families, Integra providers will also participate in Choosing Wisely Rhode Island in ways focused on building stronger relationships with their patients to allow for open and honest dialogue about individual health care choices. Researchers at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice have estimated that 30 percent of all Medicare clinical care spending could be avoided without worsening health outcomes. Integra believes involving patients and their families in care decisions will allow them to make more informed choices.
“It’s increasingly clear that an open line of communication between patients and providers is a critical step towards realizing our shared vision of healthier communities,” said James Fanale, MD, president and CEO of Care New England and chairman of Integra’s Board of Directors. “Our goal is to deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time, and participating in the Choosing Wisely Rhode Island campaign makes sense for health care consumers and for Integra, particularly in today’s fluid health care environment.”
Rhode Island Business Group on Health (RIBGH) kicked-off phase II of Rhode Island’s promotion of the Choosing Wisely campaign in 2018, enlisting organizations including Amica, Brown University, Ocean State Job Lot, Thielsch Engineering, the State of Rhode Island and the City of Providence.
“As physicians, one of our most important responsibilities is educating our patients and assisting them in negotiating through our complex health care system,” said Albert Puerini, MD, president of the Rhode Island Primary Care Physicians Corporation and a member of Integra’s Board. “The Choosing Wisely Rhode Island campaign provides a platform to assist both our physicians and patients in working together to make the best choices in the important issues of their health. At Integra, we are dedicated to using The Choosing Wisely Rhode Island campaign to achieve these goals.”
Rhode Island Business Group on Health is leading the statewide campaign, serving as the licensing agent and providing the resources necessary to partner with the medical community. Thanks to funding from the Rhode Island Foundation and endorsement by the Rhode Island Medical Society, adoption of the national Choosing Wisely Rhode Island campaign continues to increase throughout the state.
“It’s clear as part of the shifting health care landscape that an open line of communication between patients and providers is increasingly important to achieving the best health outcome,” said John Minichiello, executive director of Integra Community Care Network. “Patients working in partnership with clinicians when making health care decisions is to everyone’s benefit, and Choosing Wisely Rhode Island gives both patients and providers the tools to start these important conversations.”
About Integra Community Care Network, LLC
Integra Community Care Network, LLCis the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) within Care New England Health System and is the largest ACO in Rhode Island. The Integra network, responsible for the population health of more than 120,000 residents, includes Rhode Island Primary Care Physicians Corporation (RIPCPC), the Care New England entities and medical group, South County Health, and other affiliated community physicians. Integra participates in the CMS ACO program, is a certified Rhode Island Medicaid Accountable Entity (AE), and has ACO arrangements with several Rhode Island insurers. For more information, visit integracare.org.
About ABIM Foundation
The mission of the ABIM Foundation is to advance medical professionalism to improve the health care system. We achieve this by collaborating with physicians and physician leaders, medical trainees, health care delivery systems, payers, policy makers, consumer organizations and patients to foster a shared understanding of professionalism and how they can adopt the tenets of professionalism in practice. To learn more about the ABIM Foundation, visit www.abimfoundation.org, connect with us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
About Choosing Wisely Rhode Island®
First announced in December 2011, Choosing Wisely Rhode Island is part of a multi-year effort led by the ABIM Foundation to support and engage physicians in being better stewards of finite health care resources. Participating specialty societies are working with the ABIM Foundation and Consumer Reports to share the lists widely with their members and convene discussions about the physician’s role in helping patients make wise choices. Learn more at www.ChoosingWisely.org.
About the Rhode Island Business Group on Health
The Rhode Island Business Group on Health (RIBGH) is a voluntary non-profit organization with over 90 member companies, consisting of large and small businesses, payers, brokers, physician groups, and hospital systems. The mission of RIBGH is to promote better care delivery, transparency and healthier outcomes at affordable, predictable costs. The scope of RIBGH, through its affiliate the Worksite Wellness Council of Rhode Island (WWCRI), also includes educating members and sharing best practices on building and sustaining healthy productive workforces. For more information, visit www.ribgh.org.