CommonSpirit Health at Home and ExactCare make the patient better

CLEVELAND, Sept. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ExactCare, a CarepathRx company, and CommonSpirit Health at Home are partnering to improve adherence and increase independence at home for people with complex, chronic medical needs. A recent analysis showed better outcomes on an important home health quality measure – OASIS M2020: Improving Oral Medication Management – ​​for CommonSpirit Health at Home patients receiving comprehensive long-term pharmacy services from ExactCare.

Analysis by CommonSpirit Health at Home revealed that patients receiving ExactCare services achieved an average score of 87 percent on the OASIS M2020 measure, placing them in the 75th percentile – the notable 20 percentile points higher than patients not using ExactCare. The latter group achieved an average score of 82 percent and ranked among the top 55th percentile.

“These results are significant. Providing patients with access to comprehensive pharmacy support that helped them improve their ability to self-manage medications placed them among the highest-scoring patients on the OASIS M2020 measure,” said CommonSpirit Health at Home Chief Clinical Officer Michael Brents , PT, DPT, MHA. “This shows that providing patients with access to comprehensive pharmacy services improves the successful transition of drug therapies into the home environment.” We are pleased to be able to expand access to the home care services patients need to stay healthier, out of the hospital and at home.”

OASIS (Outcome and Assessment Information Set) is a standardized assessment tool required by all Medicare-certified home health agencies to assess a patient’s clinical status, functional status, and overall service needs during an episode of care. Key OASIS measures, including OASIS M2020, not only speak to a patient’s progress during an episode of care, but also influence home health Medicare star ratings and reimbursement.

ExactCare and CommonSpirit Health at Home have partnered for more than two years to bring comprehensive long-term pharmacy care to people at home. This includes ensuring that medicines are reconciled and synchronized; medicines packaged by dose, day and hour; home delivery; monthly medication reviews by a clinical pharmacist; and coordinating refills, often from multiple prescribers.

“ExactCare has worked with home health organizations for more than a decade to provide comprehensive pharmacy services for people who want to stay in their homes as they age — and who need help with chronic conditions and activities of daily living to make that possible ,” said ExactCare Senior Vice President of Clinical Services Graham Gravley, PharmD. “Medication management is a critical and often overlooked part of a patient’s healthcare needs, and providing access to comprehensive pharmacy services improves a patient’s ability to safely and independently manage their health at home. CommonSpirit Health at Home’s innovative approach to population health has produced improved outcomes that demonstrate the importance of these types of services—integrated into the home environment—for both patients and the home health organizations that care for them.”

About ExactCare
ExactCare, a CarepathRx company, provides solutions to overcome medication and chronic care challenges for patients with complex, chronic medical needs. Founded in 2009, the company enables better health for patients and better clinical, quality and economic outcomes for the healthcare organizations that care for them – including payers, health systems and hospitals, home healthcare organizations, health care practices primary care and other providers. ExactCare provides comprehensive long-term pharmacy care to patients in assisted and independent living facilities, during care transitions and in their homes – with a focus on improving patient adherence to prescribed medications and enabling safer and more effective treatment regimens . ExactCare also provides additional value-based solutions, including HEDIS Gap Closure Assistance and Medication Therapy Management (MTM) programs. ExactCare is licensed to serve patients nationwide. For more information, visit www.exactcare.com.

About CommonSpirit Health at Home
CommonSpirit Health at Home is a full-service health care organization that believes the best place for someone to get better and faster is in their own home. Providing quality home health care for more than 40 years through specialty home care, home infusion and hospice services nationwide, CommonSpirit Health at Home has over 40 locations in 11 states (Arkansas, Arizona, California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee and Washington) and nearly 3,000 employees who support our mission to improve the health of the people we serve.

CommonSpirit Health at Home is proud to be part of CommonSpirit Health, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care system. CommonSpirit Health is dedicated to improving the health of all people. It was created in February 2019 by Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. With its national office in Chicago and a team of more than 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced clinicians, CommonSpirit operates 140 hospitals and more than 1,500 treatment sites in 21 states. In fiscal year 2021, CommonSpirit had revenues of $33.3 billion and provided $5.1 billion to charity care, community benefits and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at www.commonspirit.org.

        

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