|By Business Wire||
|October 22, 2013 10:05 AM EDT||
Renaissance Health Network (RHN), a clinically integrated primary care organization in Wayne, Pennsylvania, will use Well-Being Direct from Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) to optimize population health management for its Medicare patients. Well-Being Direct, the Company’s physician-directed population health solution, empowers physicians to more closely monitor their entire patient population and better manage their overall well-being, not solely their physical health.
“Renaissance physicians have made the conceptual switch from payment for utilization to payment for value,” said Barry Green, M.D., director and executive chairman of Renaissance Health Network. “Well-Being Direct gives us a highly flexible solution that can help us leverage all we have learned about physician-directed population health and address the very real challenge of operationalizing an accountable care model. This transformation requires us to see beyond the patient visit, understand the risks in our entire patient population and widen the spectrum of care. By expanding our focus from the physical model to the well-being model, we can deliver greater value — and to all of our patients.”
Well-Being Direct enables physicians to look across their patient populations and leverage predictive modeling to identify those patients who are trending toward high-cost utilization or poor outcomes. Physicians can then efficiently direct these patients to a variety of interventions that improve the physical aspects of their well-being, as well as the purpose, community, social and financial elements. Capitalizing on the physician-patient connection, Well-Being Direct enables physicians to prescribe and coordinate a comprehensive care plan that is based on patients’ needs and associated risks and inspires sustainable behavioral changes to reduce those risks and close gaps in care.
Patients are more likely to change their behavior when interventions are recommended by their physicians. For example, patients directly counseled by their physicians are 35% to 55% more likely to quit smoking, make changes to their diet and begin exercising compared with those who only receive literature encouraging the same thing. By giving physicians an efficient, effective way to coordinate patient care, Well-Being Direct helps reduce inappropriate utilization of costly healthcare interventions while preventing future health conditions that eventually lead to higher costs and poor patient outcomes.
“Physicians intrinsically understand that it’s equally important to keep healthy people healthy and mitigate lifestyle risk as it is to optimize care, but traditional practice models make it hard to focus on anything other than treating illness,” said Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways president and chief executive officer. “The primary goal of Well-Being Direct is to supply physicians with the people, processes and technology to help them effectively orchestrate a broader range of well-being services for their patients, which is not only the right thing to do but the only way to shift healthcare’s cost curve. Renaissance Health Network is a true innovator when it comes to building collaborative care models and embracing value-based reimbursement, and they have been an effective strategic partner for Healthways as we’ve worked to enhance our physician-directed well-being improvement capabilities.”
About Renaissance Health Network
Renaissance Health Network (RHN) is a clinically integrated group of approximately 250 independent primary care physicians located in the Southeast Pennsylvania. With a proven track record of better health, better health care and lower costs, RHN provides Population Health Management to 150,000 lives, including approximately 32,000 Medicare Beneficiaries through its Pioneer ACO contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) is the largest independent global provider of well-being improvement solutions. Dedicated to creating a healthier world one person at a time, the Company uses the science of behavior change to produce and measure positive change in well-being for our customers, which include employers, integrated health systems, hospitals, physicians, health plans, communities and government entities. We provide highly specific and personalized support for each individual and their team of experts to optimize each participant’s health and productivity and to reduce health-related costs. Results are achieved by addressing longitudinal health risks and care needs of everyone in a given population. The Company has scaled its proprietary technology infrastructure and delivery capabilities developed over 30 years and now serves approximately 45 million people on four continents. Learn more at www.healthways.com.