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FLAACOS PARTNERS WITH CAREDOVE
Partnership Broadens Florida Based Organization
JACKSONVILLE, FL: The Florida Association of ACOs (FLAACOs), the premier professional organization for Accountable Care Organizations and value based healthcare leaders throughout Florida, announced today a strategic partnership with Caredove, Inc. to provide its Statewide ACO membership with access to Caredove’s advanced, online e-referral platform which focuses on making it easy to transition patient care into home care and community services. Under the agreement, Caredove will work with FLAACOs and its ACO members to establish and build out trusted networks between its ACO members and the organizations and agencies providing home care and community support services in the communities they serve.
Nicole Bradberry, CEO of FLAACOs, states “Our partnership with Caredove shows our continued commitment to bring additional value to our members and to take a leadership role in helping to address those aspects of care needs to help our member’s patients stay healthier in their homes and communities and to avoid costly readmission into the Acute care system”. It is anticipated that over 1000 home care and community agencies will be implemented on the platform, serving some 40+ ACOs across the state. Caredove’s CEO, Jeff Doleweerd, said “We spent thousands of hours examining how patients access service to different home care and community services. We saw the same problems over and over. Clinicians couldn’t locate helpful services, patients didn't know what would happen next, intake staff were overwhelmed while triaging referrals, voicemails would pile up, and patients wouldn't get connected with the care they needed. We created Caredove to solve these problems”. The development of the initial e-Referral networks in Florida under this agreement will pave the way for additional parties to join the platform. We’re happy to be working with FLAACOs to bring Caredove to benefit the patients of their ACO members.”
Richard Lucibella, CEO of Accountable Care Options (Boynton Beach Florida) and FLAACOs Board member, is an early adopter on the Caredove platform. “As we’ve extended our Chronic Care Management efforts, we’ve gained a better understanding of the extent to which behavioral health and community social services can impact out patients' health status. We’ve all known this to be an issue, particularly in the Medicare population. Our CCM teams at Accountable Care Options continue our leadership position here on behalf of our patients, and are excited about the very real promise of the Caredove platform to support and potentially multiply our current efforts.” “Overall, we’re seeing great interest and excitement about the platform in Florida and elsewhere”, says Jim Atkinson (Chief Growth Officer at Caredove), “and, we are working to expand the network through Community & Public Health groups as well as to bring Payers and Health Systems into the trusted exchange.”
FLAACOs, also known as the Florida Association of Accountable Care Organization, mission is to provide members a vehicle to collaborate, ensuring that each healthcare organization grows and thrives. The Florida-based association aligns goals to help member ACOs shift physician incentives and improve health-care outcomes across the state. FLAACOs provides a voice for the accountable care marketplace and its participating providers, payers, and individual physicians. The goal of FLAACOs is to provide advocacy and support to all Florida accountable care organizations so that together they can become the health-care models of the future. To learn more visit www.flaacos.com
Caredove is a healthcare solutions company providing its online platform to make it easy for patients to gain access to home care and community services. Providers and care coordinators, as well as patients and family caregivers, can Search for geo-available home care and community services, Book appointments and e-referrals directly into those services, and Connect through secure data communication and organization-specific referral and intake workflows. Caredove is a true healthcare platform that builds trusted webs between Referrers (Providers/Care Coordinators), Service Providers and their mutual patients. Caredove currently covers over 80 categories of Home Care and Community Services. On the platform referrals are always free and it’s easy to invite referrers and service providers to the network so there is no impediment to its growth in serving each local community. www.caredove.com
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Just a few years ago, the accountable care organization (ACO) concept was compared to a mythical unicorn.Now, with burgeoning Medicare and commercial models to build upon, Medicaid ACO programs are relatively well-known phenomena, with operational programs existing in 10 states and at least 11 others developing their own ACO approaches. Of the 10 states with active Medicaid ACO programs, six have used or currently use a shared savings payment model — Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Vermont — and many are looking at ways to refine their shared savings strategies.To read more visit: http://ow.ly/pBzL30efGZl
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