Service model improves patient outcomes, drives down cost
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2019
Olympia Fields, IL: Data released today by the federal Bureau of Primary Health Care’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) shows that the integrated model of care embraced by Olympia Fields-based Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness is not only making a difference in the lives of the organization’s 60,000 patients, but in the pocketbooks of taxpayers as well.
“Our commitment to integrated, coordinated care differentiates Aunt Martha’s from other organizations that are comfortable operating under an outdated paradigm,” said Audrey Pennington, the agency’s Chief Operating Officer.
“We believe, and the data tends to indicate, that relying on traditional models of care does not do enough to lower costs, and most importantly, improve patient health.”
The new data shows that Aunt Martha’s, recognized by HRSA as a National Quality Leader, has lowered its total cost per patient by 13 percent since 2015. In that same time, the data shows costs increasing by an average of 28 percent for health centers in Illinois, and 32 percent nationally.
Covering services provided in Calendar Year 2018, the data provides insight into the clinical outcomes and costs of more than 1,360 of HRSA’s Health Center Program grantees across the country, including Aunt Martha’s and 43 other organizations in Illinois. It is available online at //bphc.hrsa.gov/uds/datacenter.aspx.
“We have a rich history of finding new ways to integrate one service with another,” said Raul Garza, Aunt Martha’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
“What we’re doing today is leveraging that history, and that experience to provide care in a way that offers better value to payers and makes our patients healthier.”
Aunt Martha’s plans to share additional details after conducting a full analysis of the newly released information.
About Aunt Martha’s
Aunt Martha’s (www.auntmarthas.org) is a private, not-for-profit agency providing integrated health care and social services for family members of all ages in underserved communities across Illinois. The agency serves more than 65,000 children and adults annually. It is state-licensed to provide child welfare, substance abuse treatment and childcare services, and has been continuously accredited by the Joint Commission since 1997.