Seton-CH Endeavor Among ’10 to Watch’ in U.S.


cover_and_headline600sizeIH Executive, a national magazine that profiles leaders and chronicles innovations in the rapidly evolving field of integrated healthcare, has named a Ascension Seton-Central Health organization, the Community Care Collaborative, as one of 10 “Integrated Delivery Networks to Watch” in the U.S.

A special section of the publication’s September/October issue profiles organizations that are innovating across a variety of care types and settings to help transform the U.S. healthcare system.

Each organization was named for demonstrating leadership in a unique and exciting way: partnering with local communities, collaborating with other providers, creating new pathways of care, embracing new reimbursement structures and more.

The Community Care Collaborative (CCC) was deemed “watchable” for “integrating care for the uninsured/underinsured.” Ascension Seton and Central Health, Travis County’s health care district, share the financial risks of providing healthcare for the county’s poor and vulnerable. The collaborative’ s goal is to provide uninsured and underinsured patients the full spectrum of primary care, specialty care, hospital care and support services in a financially responsible manner.

The story quotes Greg Hartman, Seton’s president for external affairs: “At the same time we were [developing the CCC], Ascension Seton was involved with CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) in some early ACO (accountable care organization) development. We started brainstorming, ‘What if we could figure out a way to create an ACO that took care of the poor and vulnerable?’”

The story notes that, “overall, the system will shift from a focus on treating illness to emphasizing prevention, wellness and chronic disease management.”

Founded in 2013, IH Executive (formerly Integrated Healthcare Delivery) offers insights, analysis and actionable takeaways on key healthcare leadership concerns, including patient care, technology, business and regulatory compliance, with an emphasis on nonhospital provider organizations: skilled nursing, home health, hospice, assisted living, EMS, pharmacy, rehab, physical therapy, behavioral health and more.