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Quality Management of IBD Patients Through Specialty Medical Homes (SMHs)

Aug. 17, 2017

SMHs can reduce costs of care while improving the patient-centered experience and outcomes.

Increasing health-care costs are driving the transition to value-based care. As a result, specialty medical homes (SMH) may be the optimal way to provide quality service to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients while keeping costs low.

A SMH implemented at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, discussed in the Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH) Practice Management: The Road Ahead column by Miguel Regueiro, MD, and colleagues, has shown an improvement in the overall quality of life, decreased utilization and a reduction in total cost of care for the IBD population it serves.

For SMHs to be effective, payors and specialty providers would have to collaborate and there must exist a substantial IBD population in the area.

There are several core elements necessary in constructing any SMH:

  1. A payor willing to partner with the provider.
  2. A patient population with specific characteristics.
  3. A physician champion.
  4. Prespecified goals and measures of success.

Learn more by reviewing the full article in CGH.

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