Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc.’s Dr. Guethon and Michael Earley to Share Patient-Centered Medical Home Implementation

Access to “Patient-Centered Medical Home Transformation: Nine Key Hurdles for Physician Practices to Overcome” Available via Health Intelligence Network™

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc. (NYSE AMEX: MDF), (“Metcare”), a leading provider of healthcare services in Florida, today announced that Jose Guethon, MD, MBA, President and Chief Operating Officer and Michael Earley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer will share valuable lessons learned via a Webinar titled “Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Transformation: Nine Key Hurdles for Physician Practices to Overcome.” The Webinar is part of Healthcare Intelligence Network’s™ Medical Home Open House Webinar Series and will take place live on Wednesday, May 12 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. EDT.

Dr. Guethon and Mr. Earley will describe how Metcare has made the transformation to the PCMH model of care with a focus on maintaining profitability. Participants will receive details on:

  • The education of the practice staff at all levels on the hallmarks of the PCMH;
  • Addressing the misconceptions of the PCMH;
  • Building consensus among team and physician leaders;
  • Making the long-term commitment to the PCMH;
  • The realities of the ROI;
  • Engaging patients to take on more responsibility in their care;
  • Creating a process-driven and process-oriented approach to tracking and measuring outcomes;
  • Overcoming the resistance to change; and
  • The cultural transformation required.

Three years ago, Metropolitan began transforming a number of its primary care medical practices from traditional models to a PCMH model, and a recent 12-month analysis of outcomes revealed compelling results in customer satisfaction, utilization, quality, and profitability. Metropolitan was the first health care organization in Florida to be recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 National Physician Practice Connections® – Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PPC®-PCMHTM).

“Under the PCMH model, our physicians are delivering quality healthcare while containing costs,” said Michael Earley, Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Health Networks. “We believe PCMH is a logical and practical future of healthcare delivery and look forward to sharing our ‘lessons learned’ with colleagues who are interested in making a positive impact on customers’ health and the bottom line.”

In an online interview, Mr. Earley and Dr. Guethon describe Metcare's longstanding commitment to the management of care transitions for its Medicare patients, how its 10 medical home practices keep a handle on patient care in hospital settings, and the clinical and business returns that result from these efforts. Listen at: http://www.hin.com/soundclips/MetCare_PCMH_transformation_0410.mp3.

To register for the Webinar or for more information, please visit http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3917 or call 888-446-3530.

About Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc.

Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc. (“MetCare”) is a growing healthcare organization that provides comprehensive healthcare services for Medicare Advantage members and other patients in Florida. To learn more about MetCare please visit its website at www.metcare.com.

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CONTACT:

Media Contacts:
Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc.
Michael Earley, Chairman & CEO, 561-805-8500
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Christine Dardet, APR, 954-753-5038
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Investor Contacts:
Cameron Associates Investor Relations
Al Palombo, 212-554-5488
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KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  Florida

INDUSTRY KEYWORDS:   Practice Management  Health  Hospitals  Other Health  Nursing  General Health  Managed Care

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