Matrix Medical Network Shares How In-Home Visits Impact Care at AHIP Medicare Conference

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Matrix Medical Network® (Matrix), the leading provider of in-home health assessments, presented two special information sessions on improving member care with non-traditional care delivery models at America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Medicare Conference on Sept. 28 – 30, in Washington, D.C.

Matrix conducted a pre-conference workshop on Proven Steps to Accelerate Star and HEDIS Measures that featured panelists Doug Fulton, vice president of Highmark's Medicare Stars & Quality Rating System organization, Mary Vogt, president of Home Access Health, and Deb DiCicco, MS, FNP-C, director, clinical design for Matrix. During the workshop, panelists discussed their experiences with in-home screening and the insights gained from these tests including:

  • 23% of tested diabetics indicate possible kidney disease
  • 10% of all individuals tested should have follow up to rule out possible colon cancer
  • 28% of tested diabetics had an elevated A1C with 4% having a level of 9.9 or above

Early detection of these potentially high-risk health conditions enables health plans to help members manage their care before a more serious health event occurs.

MatrixVice President of Chronic Care Heidi Wold, MSN, ARNP, ANP-BC, led the session The New Care Delivery: Reinventing Care Coordination and Management. Ms. Wold discussed how innovative care initiatives are creating new opportunities for health plans to learn more about the care needs of its individual members and its general member populations. New care delivery models focus on providing in-home care, by an entire care team, to help members with complex medical conditions. The information collected from providing this type of individualized care is the ingredient that can lead health plans to have a greater impact on member care.

"We know that when care is provided in the home and coordinated by a care team, health plans can engage high-risk members where they feel most comfortable," said Ms. Wold. "Insights gained from in-home care can help health plans address underlying problems, monitor progress and improve member health."

Matrix pioneered the use of an employed Nurse Practitioner network to bring care to health plan members where it's needed most—in the home. Matrix partners with health plans to provide comprehensive in-home health assessments and care services for health plan members across the country. Last month, the company completed its one-millionth health assessment.

About Matrix Medical Network

Matrix Medical Network is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., and provides in-home health assessment and care management services that help health plans provide high-quality care at a lower cost. Matrix is owned by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a leading private equity investment firm. For more information, visit www.MatrixForMe.com.

CONTACT: Matrix Medical Network Media Contact Heather Rodgers: office 480.862.1887; mobile 480.290.1196; or hrodgers@matrixhealth.net

Source: Matrix Medical Network