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More than 63,000 UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored health plan participants in Northern California will benefit from improved care coordination and enhanced health services
Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and UnitedHealthcare have launched an accountable care organization (ACO) to improve how patient care is coordinated and delivered for more than 63,000 Northern California residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored health plans.
The ACO will help shift California’s health care system to one that rewards quality and value instead of the volume of procedures performed. Specifically, the ACO will transition PAMF from a fee-for-service compensation model to a value-based approach in which the organization is rewarded for achieving certain evidence-based measures – such as hospital readmission rates, disease management and prevention, and patient safety – as well as total cost savings.
American Academy of Family Medicine publishes
PAMF, Stanford, Einstein College of Medicine study findings
Much of the dietary information presented as fact is actually myth, according to an article co-authored by a researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), Stanford and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. An article describing the study findings, is published in the May 1 issue of American Family Physician, the American Academy of Family Physician’s peer-reviewed and evidence-based clinical journal for physicians and others in primary care.
The researchers studied dietary myths about vitamins and minerals (micronutrients); carbohydrates, proteins, and fats (macronutrients); dietary fibers; and how calories relate to weight loss. They found that the best diets share common features and a consistent theme: limit ultra-processed foods and eat whole or minimally processed foods – as close to what occurs in nature as possible. Read More about Nutrition Myths & Healthy Dietary Advice in Clinical Practice
National Public Education Initiative April 19-April 25, 2015
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Fertility Physicians of Northern California and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association recognize National Infertility Awareness Week, April 19 through April 25 – joining millions of women and men, healthcare professionals, mental health professionals, and other thought leaders to promote greater awareness about infertility.
PAMF Fertility shares RESOLVE’s mission to help people find information and support for infertility. In addition to monthly free support groups for community infertility patients, PAMF Fertility offers a variety of ongoing programs to help people navigate the challenges of infertility including these upcoming events: Read More about PAMF Fertility Physicians Observe National Infertility Awareness Week
The new Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Surgery Center Fremont opened for patient care on Monday, April 6, 2015. The Surgery Center Fremont is home to 58 physicians and 68 support staff. It is anticipated that the 20,400-square-foot surgery center will serve 10,230 patient visits in the first year.
The surgery center is located at 3120 Kearney Street on the Fremont, California campus that also houses two PAMF medical office buildings. The center is designed to be convenient and accessible for patients. The facility has four operation rooms and two endoscopy suites, 10 pre-op and 10 post-op bays (two bays will accommodate patients staying overnight) and five post-anesthesia care unit recovery bays. The new center will provide space for a sterile processing department, and onsite quality, infection control, education and administrative teams. The center also includes a new four-story, 216 space parking garage to provide ample parking for patients and visitors. Read More about PAMF Opens Surgery Center in Fremont
Two affiliates within Sutter Health’s not-for profit network received awards honoring their electronic health record (EHR). The Palo Alto Medical Foundation clinics throughout the Bay Area and Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Calif. earned prestigious Stage 7 Awards from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), an industry authority in health care information technology.
As part of this expansion in services, Gastroenterologists David Stein, M.D., and Geoffrey Spencer, M.D., have joined PAMF. Their South Bay practice is located at 2440 Samaritan Drive in San Jose. With this expansion, PAMF gastroenterology services are now available in Burlingame, Dublin, Fremont, Los Gatos/San Jose, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Carlos and Santa Cruz.
“Adding this well-respected practice expands our existing digestive health services in Los Gatos and extends our ability to provide coordinated primary and specialty care to our patients in the South Bay,” said Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., PAMF regional president.
First Primary Care Office in Contra Costa County for PAMF
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), part of the Sutter Health network of care, opened a new medical office in Danville, California, on March, 2, 2015 – PAMF’s first location in Contra Costa County. This expansion in the East Bay helps meet the demand for primary care for residents of Danville and the surrounding communities.
Initially, adult and pediatric care will be offered at PAMF Danville Primary Care, a 3,000-square-foot medical office located at 919 San Ramon Valley Boulevard.
By the end of 2015, the location will be expanded into a new, 18,000-square-foot PAMF Danville medical center that will be home to 17 primary care physicians and a team of medical support staff. Patients will have access to a full range of health care services, including primary outpatient care (internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics), as well as diagnostic imaging, mammography and laboratory services – all in one location. More than 20 specialty care and advanced diagnostic services are currently available at PAMF’s Dublin Center in the East Bay. Read More about PAMF Danville Primary Care Is Now Open