Community Care of North Carolina Wins $100,000 Hearst Health Prize Chosen From Among 125 Entries From Across the Nation

March 23, 2016

Hearst Health, a division of Hearst, and the Jefferson College of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University, announced on March 8 that Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) in Raleigh is the winner of the inaugural Hearst Health Prize, a $100,000 award given in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving health. The announcement was made by Gregory Dorn, MD, MPH, president of Hearst Health, and David B. Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, at the 16th annual Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia.

“We are delighted that Community Care of North Carolina has been awarded the first-ever Hearst Health Prize for its transitional care management program that improves clinical outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries and lowers costs in a healthcare system that serves 1.4 million people,” Dorn said. “It is our hope that the Hearst Health Prize provides a new national forum to share these practices with other programs to improve the health of vulnerable populations.”

Community Care of Western North Carolina (CCWNC) is one of 14 regional networks affiliated with CCNC.   The organization is recognized for its model for managing care for Medicaid beneficiaries discharged home after hospitalization.  The program is delivered to 2,600 Medicaid recipients a month, with a strong focus on identifying individuals with chronic medical conditions at risk for hospitalization or readmission.  The rates of hospitalization and readmission for the target population have declined by 10 percent and 16 percent, respectively, since 2008. Total Medicaid costs were reduced by 9 percent (cited by the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor).

CCNC earned the highest overall score among 125 applicants from across the country for the following criteria:

 ·        Population health impact or outcome

·         Use of evidence-based interventions and best practices to improve the quality of care

·         Scalability and sustainability

·         Promotion of engagement, collaboration and communication

·         Innovation

“On behalf of Community Care of North Carolina, Dr. Annette DuBard and her team, and all the dedicated healthcare providers in North Carolina, I want to thank Hearst Health and the Jefferson College of Population Health for this recognition,” said L. Allen Dobson, Jr., MD, President and CEO of CCNC. “The use of robust health analytics, a statewide infrastructure, and network of physicians and hospitals has allowed us to manage the toughest patients well. We are pleased to receive this honor, but even more pleased to have improved care for millions of North Carolinians.”

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About Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC)

CCNC is a community-based, public-private partnership that uses a population management approach to improving health care and containing costs for North Carolina’s most vulnerable populations. Program participants receive medication management, education for condition self-management and timely outpatient communication with the medical home to follow up on clinical and social issues that can affect their health outcomes. Through its 14 local network partners, CCNC creates “medical homes” in all 100 counties for Medicaid beneficiaries, individuals that are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, privately-insured employees and uninsured people. http://www.communitycarenc.com

About Hearst Health

The Hearst Health network includes FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, MCG, Homecare Homebase, Hearst Health International, Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab (http://www.hearsthealth.com). The mission of the Hearst Health network is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person's health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 84 percent of discharged patients, 174 million insured individuals, 41 million home health visits, and 4 billion prescriptions.

About the Jefferson College of Population Health

The Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) was established in 2008 as part of Thomas Jefferson University, a leading academic health center founded in Philadelphia in 1824. The College is dedicated to exploring the policies and forces that define the health and well-being of populations. Its mission is to prepare leaders with global vision to examine the social determinants of health and to evaluate, develop and implement health policies and systems that will improve the health of populations and thereby enhance the quality of life.

 

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