SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Collective Medical, delivering the nation’s largest and most effective network for care collaboration, today announced a partnership with the Florida Hospital Association (FHA).
The partnership facilitates FHA member hospitals’ access to the Collective network and EDie solution, a real-time, risk-adjusted event notification and care collaboration platform. By helping FHA members identify and support high-risk patients in need and facilitate collaboration of providers across care settings, the partnership aims to reduce avoidable readmissions and further enable state-wide efforts to address the opioid epidemic, and better manage complex patients who frequently seek care in emergency departments (ED).
Collective is currently partnered with more than a dozen state hospital associations. Independently or in collaboration with public and private Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), Collective supports care teams across emergent, inpatient, post-acute, mental and behavioral, and ambulatory settings, as well as stakeholders in accountable care organizations and health plans.
“We are delighted to partner with Collective on enhancing patient care and clinical outcomes,” says FHA President Bruce Rueben. “Collective has a strong track record of success across the country. And, Florida hospitals have been working together to improve clinical performance for nearly a decade. Collective’s resources will help care teams in Florida’s hospitals collaborate regardless of technology and geography.”
Joel Stern, MD, FACEP, president of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP) adds that, “Collective’s work coordinating care in EDs is well known among ED physicians. It takes the guesswork out of the practice of emergency medicine and lets us make the best decisions for our patients without delay.”
In Washington, Collective’s first state-wide initiative, a Brookings Institution review of Medicaid patients who visited emergency rooms found that together with the Collective network and EDie product, the state saved $34 million in emergency department costs and ED visits declined 9.9 percent in its first year of use in 2013. Likewise, care teams across the state have reduced opioid prescriptions coming out of the ED by 24 percent since the program’s inception.
“Delivering the right care at the right time in the right setting—starting in the emergency department and then extending across the community with providers of all types—is the core mission of hospitals in Florida,” says Chris Klomp, CEO of Collective Medical. “The Collective network helps care teams find those patients most in need and coordinate, collectively, on the best path forward for each individual. Together, we can make sure no patient slips through the cracks.”
Klomp adds that, “we’re so grateful to be collaborating alongside organizations with the vision and leadership of FHA and FCEP. It’s a privilege to support their quality and care collaboration objectives for reducing readmissions, combatting the opioid epidemic, and better managing complex patients in the ED and beyond.”
Collective is endorsed as a best practice for emergency medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine and by the MountainWest Capital Network as one of Utah’s fastest growing companies.
Learn more about Collective’s impact at www.collectivemedical.com.
ABOUT COLLECTIVE MEDICAL
Collective Medical empowers care teams to improve patient outcomes by closing the communication gaps that undermine patient care. With a nationwide network engaged with every national health plan in the country, hundreds of hospitals and health systems and tens of thousands of providers, Collective’s system-agnostic platform is trusted by care teams to identify at-risk and complex patients and facilitate actionable collaboration to make better care decisions and improve outcomes. Based in Salt Lake City, Collective is proven to streamline transitions of care, improve coordination across diverse care teams, and reduce medically unnecessary hospital admissions. Learn more at www.collectivemedical.com and Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
The Florida Hospital Association comprises over 200 hospitals and health systems from across the state. Through representation and advocacy, education, and informational services, we support the mission of our members to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve.