CarePoint trial looks to reduce hospital admissions

The CarePoint integrated care trial, a joint project between the Victorian government and health insurer Medibank that aims to reduce hospital admissions by 25 per cent in its target group, has got under way in Frankston, the Mornington Peninsula and eastern Melbourne.

The CarePoint project is trialling a two-year integrated care program for 2200 patients with multiple chronic condition and a history of multiple hospitalisations.

It involves GP-led care planning, dedicated nurse “care navigators” and an electronic care plan shared across primary and acute care settings using Precedence Health Care's cdmNet web-based chronic disease management system.

In addition to shared care planning, the trial will involve some home health monitoring technologies and preventative care delivered in the patient's home.

Medibank has set up a new subsidiary called Integrated Care Services (ICS) for the trial. It also involves lifestyle coaching programs and access to the 24/7 nurse call line run by Medibank on behalf of Healthdirect.

According to Medibank, two per cent of its members consumer 45 per cent of its hospital and medical expenditure, and 70 per cent of this group have underlying chronic disease. The plan is to reduce hospital admissions by 25 per cent for these patients.

The aim of the trial is to ensure that the integration of care across the acute and primary care sectors can assist in managing chronic disease patients in the lowest acuity setting, reducing the need for costly hospitalisations.

Due to run until 2017, it will be independently evaluated to identify opportunities to extend it to the 60,000 Victorians with chronic illness who cost close to $2 billion in public and private hospital admissions.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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