Janet Tomcavage

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OBJECTIVE Little is known about the impact of disease management programs on medical costs for patients with diabetes. This study compared health care costs for patients who fulfilled health employer data and information set (HEDIS) criteria for diabetes and were in a health maintenance organization (HMO)-sponsored disease management program with costs for(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate cost savings associated with ProvenHealth Navigator (PHN), which is an advanced model of patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) developed by Geisinger Health System, and determine whether those savings increase over time. STUDY DESIGN A retrospective claims data analysis of 43 primary care clinics that were converted into PHN sites(More)
Patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) have the potential to improve patient experience of care. Since 2006, Geisinger Health System has implemented its own version of an advanced PCMH model, referred to as ProvenHealth Navigator (PHN). To evaluate the impact of PHN on patient experience of care, the authors conducted a survey of patients whose primary care(More)
BACKGROUND The primary care medical home has been promoted to integrate and improve patient care while reducing healthcare spending, but with little formal study of the model or evidence of its efficacy. ProvenHealth Navigator (PHN), an intensive multidimensional medical home model that addresses care delivery and financing, was introduced into 11 different(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe outcomes associated with a health maintenance organization (HMO)-sponsored disease management program for diabetes. STUDY DESIGN Descriptive study that compared outcomes of patients with diabetes before and after entry into a disease management program. PATIENTS AND METHODS The study was conducted in a mixed-model HMO with 275,000(More)
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 provides for a number of major payment and delivery system initiatives. These potential changes need to be tested, scaled, and adapted with an urgency not evident in previous demonstration projects of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. We discuss lessons learned from our iterative tests of(More)
BACKGROUND Automated home monitoring systems have been used to coordinate care to improve patient outcomes and reduce rehospitalizations, but with little formal study of efficacy. The Geisinger Monitoring Program (GMP) interactive voice response protocol is a post-hospital discharge telemonitoring system used as an adjunct to existing case management in a(More)
One of the primary goals of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is to provide higher quality care that leads to better patient outcomes. Currently, there is only limited evidence regarding the ability of PCMHs to achieve this goal. This article demonstrates the effect of PCMHs in improving certain clinical outcomes, as shown by the ProvenHealth(More)
The need for improved models of chronic care is great and will become critical over the next years as the Medicare-aged population doubles. Many promising models have been developed by outstanding groups across the country. This article reviews key strategies used by successful models in chronic disease management and discusses in detail how Geisinger has(More)
Coordinating care for hospitalized patients requires the use of multiple sources of information. Using a macroergonomic framework (i.e. the work system model), we conducted interviews and observations of care managers involved in care coordination across transitions of care. When information is distributed across multiple health IT applications, care(More)