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Friday, Jan. 31, 2020
Community resource system helps address patient needs
In 2019, Partners in Care (the managed care entity co-owned by The Physician Alliance and Ascension Michigan) launched NowPow, a secure, HIPAA-compliant, electronic vetted database that provides community resources based upon your patient’s zip code location.
 
The tool allows practices to share community resources (food, shelter, transportation, mental health support, etc) with patients through printed copies, email or text messages. Community resources are screened and validated prior to being added to the directory and every six months thereafter. Practices can search by geographic areas for specific needs and then share the information with patients.
 
The first year of use among TPA practices resulted in many social and health needs being addressed. 2019 highlights include:
 
  • Trained and on-boarded 250+ NowPow users
  • Shared more than 4,000 referrals
  • Referred to more than 700 community organizations
  • Most searched for services included food pantry, free/low cost transportation, transportation to medical appointments and income-based housing
 
User licenses for NowPow are still available to TPA practices. If your practice is interested in accessing valuable community resources for patients, please complete this survey and someone will follow up with you.
 
Upcoming NowPow training sessions are held on the the first Tuesday of the month ( register ) and third Thursday ( register ) of the month.

Questions ? Please contact Sharon Kraydich at s haron.kraydich@thephysicianalliance.org .
 
Education materials help patients with lifestyle choices
February kicks off Heart Health Month, a great opportunity to speak to patients about healthy lifestyle choices. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, and it's on the rise in younger Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Physician Alliance created education materials to help initiate conversations with patients about self-management and heart health:

Patient healthy lifestyle self management form (17 years and under)
Patient healthy lifestyle self management form (18 years and older)
Patient heart failure self management goals form
Tips for lowering & taking blood pressure pad (with patient tracking sheet) handout
Accurately measuring blood pressure (for practices)  poster

To view all of TPA's patient education materials and online order form, visit the Learning Institute on the website .
CDC releases coronavirus planning checklist
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in more than 1,000 confirmed cases in China. At least five confirmed cases were in the United States, with tests occurring on additional suspected cases.

While recent suspected corornavirus cases in Michigan turned out to be negative, it is still important for practices to be aware of information related to this illness. The CDC lists interim guidance for healthcare professionals related to coronavirus , including obtaining detailed travel history for patients being evaluated with fever and acute respiratory illness. No vaccine or specific treatment is available.

The CDC also created coronavirus preparedness checklists for practices.
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