Care Team Connect Powers Pioneer Accountable Care Organization in Michigan

Web-Based Technology Platform Now Utilized for 13,000 Medicare Patients

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Officials with Care Team Connect announced today that the Michigan Pioneer ACO is now using the Care Team Connect web-based care coordination platform for the ACO’s 13,000 Medicare aligned beneficiaries. The Michigan Pioneer ACO is a partnership of The Detroit Medical Center and its physicians, mainly consisting of primary care physicians in private practice, but including employed and faculty physicians as well. DMC, a part of Vanguard Health Systems, is the largest healthcare provider in southeast Michigan with more than 1,800 licensed beds and nearly 3,000 affiliated physicians.

Care Team Connect’s secure, web-based care coordination platform connects hospitals, community providers, family members and patients so they can work in partnership across the care continuum to improve patient outcomes while significantly reducing the overall cost of care. Care Team Connect’s sophisticated integration technology enables care coordination by integrating historical patient claims data with real-time hospitalization and emergency room visit data. By substantially eliminating all paper processes and manual data aggregation, Care Team Connect allows care managers to coordinate care virtually across the health system and throughout the community.

“Leading up to this launch, our leadership worked very closely with Care Team Connect to develop a program that utilizes the CTC technology to increase our efficiency and effectiveness. By eliminating paper and automating alerts, our care managers can focus on the active care management of patients in greatest need and have the confidence that we won’t overlook any patient whose risk increases or condition escalates,” said Joan Valentine, Corporate Director of Transitions in Care. “We are confident that our patient population will reap the benefits of this partnership, and we look forward to demonstrating the merits of accountable care - better healthcare at a lower cost - to both our patients and to CMS.”

Using Care Team Connect’s platform and risk stratification, the Michigan Pioneer ACO’s care managers actively coordinate care for patients in need while also receiving alerts for hospitalizations and ER visits for all patients needing immediate intervention. The care management team seamlessly transitions patients between care managers best suited to meet patient-specific needs. Through Care Team Connect, best practice guidelines are embedded and shared across care managers to help ensure critical items are not overlooked and optimal outcomes are achieved.

“We are very excited to work closely with the Michigan Pioneer ACO and The DMC to prevent unnecessary utilization of healthcare resources,” said Ben Albert, founder and CEO of Care Team Connect. “We appreciate their selection of Care Team Connect’s combined program development service and care coordination platform to support their patients in an efficient and highly effective manner.”

The Michigan Pioneer ACO is a partnership of The Detroit Medical Center and its physicians, primarily private practice primary care physicians but including employed and faculty physicians as well. The Detroit Medical Center is an academically integrated system in metropolitan Detroit and one of the largest health care providers in Southeast Michigan. The Michigan Pioneer ACO’s primary service area consists of the tri-county Detroit metropolitan area (i.e., Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties).

Michigan Pioneer ACO is managed by the DMC PHO, an 1100 member physician-hospital organization.

Detroit Medical Center is the leading academically integrated system in metropolitan Detroit and the largest healthcare provider in southeast Michigan with more than 1,800 licensed beds and nearly 3,000 affiliated physicians. The DMC continues to meet the healthcare needs of a growing community, offering the best in medical research and development, advanced technology and optimum clinical services. Detroit Medical Center's successful implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) places it in the 99th percentile of U.S. Hospitals in EMR adoption. This level of implementation - Physician Documentation, full Clinical Decision Support System and full Picture Archive Communication System - indicates that DMC is using electronic collaboration and document review to a nearly unsurpassed degree, in support of patient safety.

Care Team Connect’s secure, web-based platform powers care networks, aligning acute care, post-acute care, community providers, and family members to consistently deliver the right care to the right patient at the right time. Care Team Connect enables Accountable Care Organization, preventable hospital readmission, and Patient-Centered Medical Home care coordination programs to identify and manage targeted patient populations by risk, payer, condition and care setting. Care Team Connect unites a cross-continuum care team to focus on a patient-specific care plan outlining precise actions driven by patient data. Client organizations leverage resources effectively and efficiently, gain real time visibility and ensure network partners follow chosen protocols. Care Team Connect: Healthcare the way it was meant to be delivered. To learn more, visit .