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.
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
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.
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.
Beginning Oct. 1, legal residents of California who do not have health insurance from their job or from another government program will be able to buy insurance through the state’s new “exchange” called Covered California. On Jan. 1, 2014, most people will be required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) to have health insurance.
All health plans purchased through Covered California must cover certain services called essential health benefits. These include doctor visits, hospital stays, emergency care, maternity care, children’s care, prescriptions, medical tests and mental health care. They also must cover preventive care services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), including the Mills-Peninsula Division of PAMF, was one of six Sutter Medical Network physician organizations recognized by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) in September 2013 as statewide leaders in quality medical care.
The six members of the Sutter Medical Network recognized by IHA at top performers are:
- Top Performer – Palo Alto Medical Foundation – Mills-Peninsula Division / Mills-Peninsula Medical Group, serving San Mateo county
- Top Performer – Palo Alto Medical Foundation, serving Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Alameda counties
- Top Performer – Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties
- Top Performer – Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation – Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods, serving Sonoma and Lake counties
- Top Performer and Most Improved – Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, serving San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties
- Top Performer – Sutter Medical Foundation – Sutter Medical Group, serving Sacramento, El Dorado, Solano, Yuba, Placer and Nevada counties, affiliated with the Sutter Medical Foundation