Category Archives: Disease Management

RightHealth Selected to Participate in CMS’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative

THA Group’s RightHealth is serving as a coordinator for CMS’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative. Bundled payments are a new way to manage and control healthcare spending. This approach aims to both improve the quality of patient care and lower the cost. Take a look at how bundled payments work:

GPT Annual Telemedicine Conference Highlights

THA Group’s President and CEO, Ellen Bolch, and consulting Medical Director, Dr. Max Stachura, were presenters at this year’s Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth Annual Telemedicine Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah.

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  • RightHealth's proprietary patient stratification tool utilizes predictive analytics, which allows for early detection of chronic disease exacerbation and ultimate reduction of exacerbations over time.
  • THA Group President and CEO, Ellen Bolch, speaks about RightHealth's advanced telehomecare model for chronic condition management.
  • Telehealth ‪and bi-directional video monitoring technologies can improve care, reduce hospitalizations, and lower costs.
  • Voice and video technology as an alternative to in-person urgent care visits have positive affects on chronic disease care, home care, and hospice care.
  • THA Group consulting Medical Director, Dr. Max Stachura, speaks about the benefits of bi-directional video monitoring.

Island Health Care Partners with Cardiocom to Provide Higher Quality Care at a Lower Cost

Savannah, GA – THA Group’s Island Health Care was selected to participate in the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative, a program made up of four different models with varying payment and care structures that include financial and performance accountability for episodes of care.  Continue reading

What Is Telemedicine?

Healthcare reform has generated dramatically new approaches to care delivery. Telemedicine — one of the fastest growing segments in the health care industry — is built on a patient-centered foundation that focuses on keeping people healthy, partly by encouraging them to become more active participants in their own health management. Continue reading

Ellen Bolch to Present at the GA Partnership for Telehealth Annual Telemedicine Conference

THA Group President and CEO Ellen Bolch will be a presenter at this year’s Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth Annual Telemedicine Conference in Savannah to discuss how telehealth and bi-directional video monitoring technologies can improve care, reduce hospitalizations, and lower costs.  Continue reading

Ellen Bolch to Speak at 2014 Georgia Tech People & Technology Forum

Ellen Bolch, President and CEO of THA Group, will be a panelist at Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology’s 2014 People & Technology Forum. The forum, held on November 11-12, 2014 at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, will focus on “Connected Life” with keynotes and panel discussions providing thought-provoking discussions with insightful business leaders, brilliant researchers, and entrepreneurs examining how emerging technologies will shape the future of our society.  Continue reading

THA Group Designated Cardiovascular Pioneer by National Campaign

THA Group was recently named a “Cardiovascular Pioneer” by the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign, which is an initiative of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Continue reading

Telehealth Improves Patient Outcomes and Reduces Financial Expenses

THA Group was the first home health company in the Coastal Empire and Low Country to implement telehealth as a standard of care.  To this day, it is critical to our practice.

THA Group was featured as the model of successful implementation of telehealth best practices in the article, “Dynamic Capabilities in Home Health: IT-Enabled Transformation of Post-Acute Care,” published in the February 2011 issue of the Journal of the Association of Information Systems.

Using a longitudinal study over the period 2000-2009, researchers followed THA Group’s early adaptation of technology, particularly remote patient monitoring (RPM), to analyze its relative effectiveness in improving patient care at reduced financial expense.  The study found that THA Group reduced re-hospitalization rates from 38% to 20% and reduced its emergent care rate from 27% to 17% in its Georgia operations.  In South Carolina, the company reduced its patient re-hospitalization rates from 27% to 20%, and its emergent care rate remained stable at 18%.  THA Group also succeeded in reducing its number of skilled nurse visits per-patient per 60-day episode over 40% from 2001-2009. Finally, the study proved that in the five-year period after THA Group first implemented RPM, it saved $760,000 in direct costs attributable to making only necessary nursing visits.