AtlantiCare is focused on staying at the leading edge of medicine and patient care. For example, the high levels of innovative care provided by our nurses and advanced practitioners helped ARMC achieve ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® status in 2004, 2008 and again in 2012. In fact, regular nursing surveys conducted among physicians find our nurses ranking consistently in the 90th percentile.
We have a dedicated Heart Institute, with the region’s only full-service cardiac program, providing everything from diagnostic cardiac catheterization to open heart surgery to electrophysiology. Our Joint Institute is staffed by an outstanding team of orthopedic surgeons, nurses and physical therapists.
AtlantiCare also operates two innovative Special Care Centers (SCC), with interdisciplinary teams of physicians, LPNs, nutritionists and pharmacists who help uninsured patients with multiple chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and emphysema to focus on better managing their conditions through improved eating habits, medication compliance and follow-up appointments.
Our specialists include multilingual health coaches who understand cultural lifestyle differences and diets and how to make them more beneficial for patients. The coaches also help them to deal with the depression that often accompanies chronic illness, and work with families to engage them in the process and improve patients’ outcomes. It’s all in the interest of lowering medical costs by keeping individuals with chronic illnesses healthier.
This comprehensive clinic within the larger AtlantiCare system is among the first of a new wave of Ambulatory Intensive Care Units that feature a high staff-to-patient ratio, close tracking of disease markers and electronic records keeping. The unit also has its own dedicated funding and claims system, enabling AtlantiCare to provide additional support and preventative services that would otherwise not be available under a traditional fee-for-service reimbursement system. To date, our SCC is trending towards savings of up to 38% of net total spending for the care of the highest-risk quintile of patients. Part of the savings is a result of a 20% decline in ER visits and hospitalization of SCC enrollees. And patient satisfaction levels are very high.
In January 2012, AtlantiCare’s Special Care Center received the 20th Annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award and $100,000 from the Premier healthcare alliance for providing successful, innovative primary care to chronically ill patients.
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