SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Collective Medical, delivering the nation’s largest and most effective network for care collaboration, today announced a partnership with and an endorsement by the Texas Hospital Association (THA). Through the partnership, care teams in Texas will have access to the Collective network, providing the information needed to identify and support complex patient populations. The partnership also supports THA’s recent voluntary guidelines for hospital emergency department (ED) prescribers of opioids by arming care teams with real-time, relevant patient information at the point of care.
Collective is currently partnered with more than a dozen state hospital associations. Collective’s real-time, risk-adjusted event notification and care collaboration platform serves all points of care and supports care teams across emergent, inpatient, post-acute, mental and behavioral, and ambulatory settings, as well as stakeholders in ACOs and health plans.
“Collective is proven to improve patient outcomes in states across the country, and it is an invaluable tool for hospitals combating the opioid epidemic,” says Ted Shaw, THA president and CEO. “We’re excited to join this movement and give our members access to the Collective network to empower care teams throughout Texas to more effectively meet patient needs.”
The Collective network has improved care collaboration in healthcare organizations across the country. As an example, CHI St. Anthony Hospital, a critical access hospital located in Pendleton, Oregon, was able to reduce unnecessary ED visits from identified frequent ED users from 17 percent of overall visits to nine percent within six months of implementing the Collective platform. Within one year, the hospital reduced narcotic prepack prescriptions coming out of the ED by 60 percent and realized hospital cost savings of $200,000. As of April, 2018, after 18 months of using Collective’s platform, the hospital has reduced unnecessary ED visits by identified frequent ED users to just 4.25 percent.
Columbia Medical Associates, a multi-specialty group practice participating as an ACO in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, saw a 15 percent decrease in ED utilization which amounted to an approximate $6.5 million decrease in total cost of care from 2016 to 2017 after implementing the Collective platform. As a result of its program, the group’s patient satisfaction scores also rose to the highest in the State of Washington.
“We’re a mission-driven company with an ambitious goal: to help catch patients before they fall,” says Chris Klomp, CEO of Collective Medical. “We’re so honored to collaborate with THA and its members to drive efforts to identify complex patients and support the most vulnerable among us.”
Klomp adds that, “we’re pleased to have diverse partnerships with state hospital associations, health information exchanges (HIEs) and other public and private entities to make true care coordination a reality.”
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.
Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents 452 of the state’s non-federal general and specialty hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 369,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/texashospitals.