GHP - 2018 Alternative Medicine & Holistic Health Awards

6 GHP / 2018 Alternative Medicine & Holistic Health Awards , Patients in the program receive support and instruction from trained lay navigators, or care guides, through face-to-face, phone and text encounters. Care guidance begins immediately upon a patient being discharged from the hospital and continues for three months, during which the care guides provide one-on- one support and education regarding various aspects of a patient’s treatment plan, ensuring the patient understands medications, completes their prescribed treatment regimens, and is proactive in managing their own health. Care guides also utilize technology tools and reminders to provide patients with additional education and encourage consistency in following a treatment plan. “We know from previous experience at UAB in the realm of cancer care that lay navigators can improve access, coordinate care delivery, and reduce costs for the health system. COPD is one of the leading causes of hospitalization in the U.S., and patients have significant unmet needs that extend beyond the hospital or clinic,” said Anand Iyer, M.D., assistant professor in the UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. “We have an excellent opportunity to redesign our care GHB17002 UAB Medicine Partners with Guideway Care for COPD Care Guidance delivery team in ways that can improve outcomes for a large population.” Guideway Care expands upon traditional care navigation models with a care guidance program designed to empower patients and fill in the gaps experienced by those navigating the health care system. Guideway offers a powerful blend of one-on-one coaching and technological support to drive improvements in patient health, lower unnecessary hospital readmissions, and assist hospitals in succeeding under bundled payment models. Guideway Care has announced a new care guidance partnership with UAB Medicine for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. The partnership aims to improve patient health by providing additional, non-clinical support beyond the hospital stay. UAB Medicine Partners with Guideway Care for COPD Care Guidance