Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Message from the Medical Director

Paul Buehrens, MD,
EHP Medical Director
EHP continues growing and earns local and national recognition
With 607 providers caring for 22,000 patients under four contracts, new contracts coming online January 1 for the Premera ACO, and the State of Washington Health Care Authority ACO contract for public employees – EHP continues to grow! We have begun implementing Wellcentive in our first sites, including EvergreenHealth Primary Care, Sammamish, and Totem Lake Family Medicine in October. During this time we have been rising to the challenge of using ICD 10.

Message from the Executive Director--Distribution Model Changes

Monique Ruyle, EHP 
Executive Director
Thank you, one and all, for continuing your work and providing exceptional care while I was away on maternity leave. Sabrina Lynn turned seven months old on December 22. I am looking forward to continuing our progress toward meeting our goals in 2016. 

In October, 2015 the Board of Managers approved changes to the EvergreenHealth Partners distribution model. As you may recall, our 2014 payout, paid in July 2015, was a total of $390,000.The changes, proposed by the EHP Payer Committee, were initiated to help align distribution with the payers attribution models, keeping in mind the majority of contract quality metrics link to Primary Care.

Care Coordinator Update

Debi Jefferson, Care Coordinator
This August, I celebrated my one year anniversary with EvergreenHealth Partners. Together, we have made great progress. I am happy to say that every single day, I receive at least one positive comment related to how our EHP partnerships and process has benefited a life we have touched—be that a colleague, practice manager, physician, clinic medical assistant, patient or family member—we are benefitting lives together.

Quality Initiative Update

Uniform Medical Plan Plus

Sara Rutherford
As a member of the Puget Sound High Value Network, we are excited to participate in the new Accountable Health Program contract with the Health Care Authority, beginning in January 2016 and providing coverage for publicly-employed individuals and families in the five county Puget Sound region. This new benefit is called “Uniform Medical Plan Plus”, and recently completed open enrollment on November 30. To date, 3,093 lives are covered under UMP Plus.

Achieve Your Healthiest Best through Better Nutrition

Nutrition Coaching and Counseling 
Now Available at EvergreenHealth

Are you ready to take the next steps to improving your health with education about your diet and food choices? 

EvergreenHealth is here to support you with on-site, outpatient nutrition consultations. Through one-on-one consulting and coaching sessions, we can help you learn how to eat well and, most importantly, feel well.

Spotlight: Endocrinology & Nephrology

In this newsletter, we’re spot lighting our Endocrinology, Nephrology and Rheumatology partners.  Below is a listing of our EHP member practices:

Farideh Eskandari, M.D., M.H.S.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fall Prevention class: keep patients safe and independent

We invite you to encourage your patients to be proactive by attending this valuable fall prevention class. Patients will learn how to:
  • Stay active and independent
  • Minimize risk from factors such as weakness, poor vision, and medications
  • Organize your environment to reduce risk
  • Safely manage home and self-care activities
  • Stay strong and physically active