News Release 



Contact:
Ross Goldberg
818-597-8453, x-1
ross@kevinross.net

GRACE Team Care to be Focus of Upcoming Webinar on
Managing High-Risk Medicare Populations

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – April 1, 2015) — Steven Counsell, M.D., executive director of GRACE Team Care at Indiana University, will be conducting an important webinar on “effective new ways to manage high-risk Medicare populations” on April 29. The webinar is sponsored by Healthcare Web Summit Media and will be held from 10-11 a.m. (PDT). Participants may register at http://www.healthwebsummit.com/grace042915.htm or by calling 209-577-4888.

With Medicare-eligible citizens now representing the fastest-growing segment of the American population – and the highest utilizers of healthcare services – the importance of focusing on effectively serving this population has never been greater. A recent study by Avalere Health revealed that to be successful in managing the cost and care of treating high-risk Medicare beneficiaries – typically older adults with multiple chronic conditions and functional impairment – health plans and physicians need to not only focus on treating a person’s medical condition but must also have strategies in place for managing a broad array of care needs including psychosocial issues across multiple settings. The study cited the GRACE Team Care (Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders) program to be among the nation’s most successful in this effort. On the April 29 webinar Dr. Counsell will provide an overview of the GRACE program, review case studies of GRACE’s effectiveness in various settings across the country and explore the implications in applying the GRACE Team Care approach to various populations. Dr. Counsell will also discuss the use of dashboards to monitor quality indicators and the positive impact of continuous patient education, health assessment, monitoring and counseling.

“Going well beyond traditional care coordination, GRACE’s high-intensity care-team approach outside of the hospital setting has shown to enhance quality of geriatric care in ways that optimize quality of life and decrease excess healthcare use, including avoidance of hospitalization and visits to the emergency department,” explains Dr. Counsell. “GRACE may also prevent or delay the need for long-term nursing home placement by allowing seniors to stay in their homes with better support.”

The catalyst for the GRACE program is its support team, headed by a nurse practitioner and a social worker who complement the primary care physician in fully addressing the patient’s health conditions and achieving a patient’s goal from the comfort of their own home. The GRACE team provides patients with specialized care for geriatric conditions (e.g., falls, depression and memory problems); healthcare education; medication management; and coordination of care between specialty physicians, the emergency department, hospitals, and a broad array of community support services.

C-Suite executives and medical directors from health plans, provider networks and accountable care organizations are encouraged to participate in this webinar. Also expected to attend are care management executives, Medicare operations executives and many other healthcare leaders including those from care management organizations, state and local government agencies, associations, institutes and research organizations.

Further information on GRACE may be obtained at http://graceteamcare.indiana.edu.

# # #