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Lawrence Shapiro, M.D., a pulmonologist and Managed Care Director for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, has worked with PAMF doctors to develop a highly successful approach to managed care that saves costs while putting patients first. Shapiro outlines the collaboration that saved $40 million in health care costs over the past four years in his new book, Quality Care, Affordable Care: How Physicians Can Reduce Variation and Lower Healthcare Costs, published by Greenbranch Publishing.
“The key to managing the cost of care is to make your doctors the experts, listen to them, and work with them to develop local standards that meet the needs of local patients,” Shapiro said. “It improves affordability and the value of the care that we provide to the patients.”
In his book, Shapiro outlines the five pillars that successfully reduced variation in care at PAMF, and that can help any medical group trying to manage costs while improving quality. The pillars include focusing on affordability, engaging physicians and a commitment to useful data. He also shares examples from his team’s work.
More than three million Americans suffer from severe emphysema, a form of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). This chronic, debilitating disease causes irreversible damage to delicate lung tissue, leading to shortness of breath and reduced capacity to manage activities of daily living, leading to diminished quality of life.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is collaborating with El Camino Hospital and Fogarty Clinical Research Inc. to conduct a clinical trial to evaluate the investigational use of the RePneu® (pronounced ‘RENEW’) Lung Volume Reduction Coil (LVRC) for patients experiencing symptoms of emphysema. Read More about RENEW Clinical Trial – Evaluating a Treatment for Patients with Emphysema
Sutter Health has donated $50,000 to food banks in the counties served by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), a Sutter Health affiliate. The Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County was given $16,500, and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties received $33,500, for a total donation of $50,000 in the PAMF service area.
The checks were sent to the two food banks by Sutter Health Regional President Jeff Gerard and Palo Alto Medical Foundation CEO Richard Slavin, M.D. Read More about $50k Donated to Food Banks to Ease Local Hunger
Lowering medical costs while improving care cannot be achieved unless improvements in healthcare efficiency made at a few pilot sites of an organization can be adopted at all sites. Recognizing this, the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) has issued a contract valued at more than $750,000 to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI). The money will fund a study led by Dorothy Hung, Ph.D., M.A., MPH, assistant scientist at PAMFRI, to analyze and disseminate PAMF’s effort to implement the “Lean” management system across the entire organization. This contract leverages ongoing work that Dr. Hung and her team are conducting as part of an internal evaluation of Lean at PAMF. Read More about PAMF Research Institute Wins AHRQ Grant to Study Efficiency Across Large Healthcare Systems
G. David Adamson, M.D., Medical Director of Assisted Reproductive Technologies at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Fertility Physicians of Northern California, led a new study to estimate the number of babies born globally with the help of in vitro fertilization (IVF). He presented the results at the October 2013 meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) in Boston.
The new research used data collected by the International Committee for the Monitoring of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ICMART), a nongovernmental organization chaired by Dr. Adamson, to determine the number of children born due to IVF since 1978, when the first IVF baby was born. By aggregating 10 international reports, the study estimated that 5 million babies have now been born with the help of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), which include IVF, egg donation, egg freezing and surrogacy.
Two Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) doctors recently received awards for their innovative work caring for aging patients in the community.
California Health Care Foundation Award
His groundbreaking project, “SNF 2.0: Modernizing Skilled Nursing Facility Care for the 21st Century,” strives to create a sustainable model of excellence in caring for patients discharged from hospitals to skilled nursing facilities (SNF).
“We are increasingly seeing people in nursing homes that 20 years ago would have been cared for in a hospital setting,” said Dr. Lam. “Systemic barriers have made it challenging for many nursing homes to care for patients who are leaving the hospital sooner and sicker. We want to be part of the solution.”
Influenza (flu) season 2013 hasn’t started yet on the West Coast, but people are taking steps to stop it before it arrives. More than 25,000 patients received flu vaccinations in the first two weeks of PAMF’s special flu clinics. On average, every day Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) medical teams are administering an estimated 2,700 flu shots at its Bay Area centers.
PAMF is holding weekend Flu Express clinics at most of its locations throughout the region. Since 2006, the Mountain View Center has hosted a drive-through vaccine clinic, which is particularly popular with older adults, parents with small children and those with limited mobility. An estimated 400 patients received their annual flu vaccine in the first day of this year’s drive-through flu clinic.