Population health is an interdisciplinary approach that looks at the health outcomes of a group of individuals, while aiming to improve the health of the entire population. Mammoth Hospital’s Population Health Department not only works closely with the clinics, but also partners with different sectors of the community such as public health and state and local government to achieve positive health outcomes in our community.
Chronic Care Management
Chronic Care Management (CCM) is a patient and family-centered program that assists people living with one or more chronic conditions better manage their conditions. The Population Health RNs assist in teaching self-management skills, goal setting, and effective communication with Primary Care Providers (PCP) and provides links to community resources. CCM continues for as long as the person has two or more chronic illnesses that are expected to last at least 12 months and that place a person at significant risk of death, sudden health problem onset or decline of health conditions.
Chronic care management services may include:
- At least 20 minutes per month of CCM services
- Personalized assistance from a dedicated health care professional who will work with you to create a care plan
- Coordination of care between your pharmacy, specialists, testing centers, hospitals and more
- 24/7 emergency access to a health care professional
- Expert assistance with setting and meeting your health goals
Transitional Care Management
Transitional Care Management (TCM) is a program that provides oversight and coordination of healthcare services for patients transitioning from an inpatient hospital setting to the home. The service starts with the coordination of care between the hospital’s interdisciplinary team, the patient, family and the Primary Care Provider and continues for 30 days following discharge from the hospital. The Population Health Nurse works closely with the patient, family, Primary Care Provider, Home Health Care Staff and other Community Resources to formulate a patient-centered care plan.
Many of the lifestyle choices that people make, such as the food they eat, the beverages they drink, and how much they exercise, play a key role in our wellbeing. Unhealthy lifestyle choices and daily stressors can lead to illness and chronic disease. Through changes in behavior, patients can prevent, slow, stop, or even reverse health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.
The purpose of Elevate Mammoth is to bring community members together and improve health through supporting positive lifestyle choices and foundational pillars of health, including exercise, nutrition, stress management, and sense of purpose.
To support a healthy community, Elevate staff leads physical activity, nutrition, and stress management classes. Elevate offers support groups for those coping with cancer and grief. It provides education for those dealing with chronic pain, planning for joint replacement surgeries, or preparing to grow their families.
Whether patients are facing a new diagnosis, coping with a chronic condition, going through a life change, looking for support in creating healthy habits, or striving for peak performance, Elevate is here to support patients and the community.
Quality Incentive Pool (QIP)
As part of Mammoth Hospital’s goals and objectives to support system improvements and change management, Mammoth Hospital participated in The Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) program from 2015 to 2020. In January 2021, Mammoth Hospital transitioned from PRIME to the Quality Incentive Pool. Through QIP, Mammoth Hospital must achieve improvement targets to deliver effective, efficient, and affordable care.
Given the rural setting of the community and the limit to professional health services, access and continuity of care is a challenge for Mono County residents. Mammoth Hospital will continue to focus on a movement towards population health management in order to better care for the health needs and disparities of those in the community. The organization as a whole is focused on better care coordination and developing programs and services to address behavioral and physical needs.
Caravan Health ACO
Mammoth Hospital participates in a Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
What is an ACO?
ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high-quality care to their Medicare patients. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.
When an ACO succeeds both in delivering high-quality care and spending health care dollars more wisely, the ACO will share in the savings it achieves for the Medicare program.
Where can I learn more about ACOs?
CMS offers different learning opportunities for providers and organizations interested in learning more about ACOs. Visit the CMS Innovation Center website and Medicare Shared Savings Program website periodically to learn about the latest opportunities. Visit the Medicare fee-for-service Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the Medicare Shared Savings Program.