Fragmented care has a direct influence on the patient experience and care quality. Consider the multi-faceted cost and quality impact of fragmentation:
75% increase in overall healthcare costs i
2x as many primary care visits and 6x as many specialist encounters ii
7% greater likelihood that care deviates from best practices iii
The care fragmentation experienced by today’s patients is often caused by ineffective transitions of care due to a siloed patient story, lack of a longitudinal care plan, and suboptimal use of technology.
Given the complexity of today’s healthcare system, many providers face challenges in actualizing a sustainable care coordination strategy. Yet, there is ample opportunity to overcome these challenges and deliver better care across the patient’s journey by embracing best practices for care coordination.
The most effective longitudinal care coordination models are patient-centered, designed for optimal information sharing between clinical teams, and include six key elements as defined in the eBook.
Patient and Family Engagement
The patient story forms the foundation of care coordination. This narrative is built from strong partnerships between clinicians, patients, and their families, and reflects a deep understanding of care preferences, values, and goals.
Once established, the patient story provides the basis for “whole person” care planning. This approach considers both medical needs and social determinants of health (SDOH) – as these non-clinical social, economic, and environmental factors impact health by as much as 50%.
Your care team can bring the patient story together and foster a patient commitment to self-care by:
Focusing on what matters most to the patient and family
Engaging the patient as an active partner
Understanding and aligning interventions with patient goals
Identifying and addressing SDOH
Communicating consistent information
Leveraging technology for meaningful information-sharing through preferred channels
Longitudinal Care Plan
Conceptually, a longitudinal care plan (LCP) provides a one-stop central hub for accessing the full patient story and all information needed to support optimal care transitions. A longitudinal care plan is a holistic, dynamic, and integrated plan that documents important disease prevention and treatment goals and plans. An LCP is patient-centered, reflecting a patient’s values and preferences, and is dependent upon bidirectional communications.v The LCP aligns the care team around the patient’s goals and preferences.
The LCP benefits the patient and the care team. Patients are reassured that their care teams understand their unique needs and will approach care with a personalized plan. Confidence in their care providers can help motivate them to follow their care plan. And clinicians benefit from the shared expertise of the entire interprofessional team contributing to the care plan.
For maximum impact, ensure your patient’s longitudinal care plan is:
Driven by the patient’s goals
Focused on wellness and disease self-management
Supportive of team-based care and communication
Download the eBook to read about the rest of the 6 Elements.
Six Keys to Effective Longitudinal Care Plans
Elsevier’s Care Planning promotes team-based, patient-centered care throughout the patient’s entire journey, driving more standardized and safer care.
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With Elsevier’s Care Planning and PatientPass comprehensive patient care and education solutions, you can promote team-based collaboration that contributes to more consistent care and a better patient experience, enable clinicians to find and refer the right education to keep the patient engaged in their treatment plan, and derive insights into what your organization can do differently to deliver better care to your community.
i[EJ(H1] Artiga, S. A., & Hinton, E. H. (2018, May). Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity. KFF.
ii Frandsen, Brigham R.; Joynt, Karen E.; Rebitzer, James B.; Jha, Ashish K. “Care Fragmentation, Quality, and Costs Among Chronically Ill Patients”.The American Journal of Managed Care. Managed Markets Network. 14 May 2015.
iii Dykes, P. C., Samal, L., Donahue, M., Greenberg, J. O., Hurley, A. C., Hasan, O., O’Malley, T. A., Venkatesh, A. K., Volk, L. A., & Bates, D. W. (2014). A patient-centered longitudinal care plan: vision versus reality. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 21(6), 1082–1090.
v Dykes PC, Samal L, Donahue M, Greenberg JO, Hurley AC, Hasan O, O’Malley TA, Venkatesh AK, Volk LA, Bates DW. A patient-centered longitudinal care plan:vision versus reality. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Nov-Dec;21(6):1082-90. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2013-002454. Epub 2014 Jul 4. PMID: 24996874; PMCID: PMC4215040
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