Care Continuum Alliance goals and priorities are advanced through a number of highly substantive and active committees on which members enjoy exclusive participation opportunities. Care Continuum Alliance committees and subcommittees comprise members from the organization's various membership segments.
The Compliance Committee provides guidance on policy on regulatory compliance issues and best practices in the population health improvement industry including nurse licensure, patient record maintenance, model compliance programs, and issues of confidentiality. The committee developed the Care Continuum Alliance Compliance Program Guidance manual and surveyed Care Continuum Alliance membership to understand the impact of nurse state licensure laws and reciprocity agreements on population health improvement programs. The committee continues to guide advocacy efforts to further nurse licensure reciprocity and is developing a Code of Conduct toolkit for population health improvement programs.
Chair: Alisa Chestler, Of Counsel, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Government Affairs Committee
The Government Affairs Committee is a standing committee of the Care Continuum Alliance and the chair is a member of the Care Continuum Alliance Executive Committee. The Committee is responsible for the development of position statements on emerging public policy issues. The Committee meets monthly to monitor the health care policy arena and provides members with access to valuable information and research on key federal legislative and regulatory issues.
Chair: Randall E. Williams, CEO, Pharos Innovations LLC
The Medicare Subcommittee seeks to ensure that care coordination, care management, and prevention in Medicare remain central focus areas regulatory and legislative activities proceed on Capitol Hill and within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Subcommittee finds these strategies necessary to improve health care quality, reduce health care costs and put the Medicare program on a sustainable path. Systematic program changes are needed to provide cost effective and higher quality care for seniors and those with chronic conditions, which account for the bulk of Medicare utilization and spending. The Subcommittee will work with Care Continuum Alliance members to develop policy recommendations for Congress, CMS and other stakeholders to provide insight and guidance. Please contact Victoria Ingenito at email@example.com to participate.
Chair: Michael Adelberg, Vice President Public Policy and Government Affairs, Universal American Financial Corp.
The Medicaid Subcommittee seeks to ensure that improved health outcomes, high quality care and cost containment are core priorities for the Medicaid program. The unsustainable long-term future of Medicaid has garnered significant attention from Congress, state government officials and health care industry experts. States are aggressively seeking expertise and resources to design and implement new innovative approaches to address expanding Medicaid populations and budgetary constraints. The Subcommittee will take actions to support the initiation, publication and dissemination of case studies documenting the value of population health management strategies in Medicaid programs. It will also promote federal and state policies fostering the expansion of Medicaid programs that incorporate wellness, prevention and care management strategies. Finally, the Subcommittee will explore collaborations and partnerships with congressional offices, government agencies and other industry stakeholders to streamline and improve the Medicaid program while achieving substantial cost-savings. Please contact Victoria Ingenito at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.
Chair: Jonathan Dinesman, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Centene Corp.
Dual Eligibles Work Group
Care Continuum Alliance established the Dual Eligibles Workgroup to explore innovative payment and delivery models that provide coordinated, patient-centered, effective and cost-efficient care in dually eligible populations. Based on the expertise of Care Continuum Alliance members working with dual eligibles and similar populations, the workgroup will craft policy proposals, create guidelines and design tools that demonstrate the program components and operability of successfully coordinated models. The workgroup will also educate Federal and state government officials, health care professionals and other health industry members on the nuances of improving care for dual eligibles while reducing associated costs. Please contact Victoria Ingenito at email@example.com to participate.
Co-Chairs: Michael Adelberg, Vice President Public Policy and Government Affairs, Universal American Financial Corp.; Jonathan Dinesman, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Centene Corp.
Care Continuum Alliance has established The Innovations Committee to address the ongoing transition of U.S. healthcare to an integrated, coordinated, interoperable and prevention-based system. Industry technologies that aid care coordination and support HHS’s project of developing an interconnected U.S. health care system, have captured the attention of government bodies and other health care stakeholders. Amid the current urgency to reduce costs in healthcare delivery, they provide cost saving solutions for consumers along the entire continuum of care, while extending the functional ability of care providers and improving health care outcomes. The Innovations Committee will focus on: strategic analysis of the value, scope and application of technologies in our industry for business models, healthcare professionals and consumers; developing position statements, guidance and toolkits for adopting and implementing technological innovations; identifying and creating business opportunities and collaborations to highlight technological innovations; and educating federal and state officials, agencies, healthcare professionals and consumers on the role of technological innovations in our industry. Please contact Victoria Ingenito at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.
Chair: Joseph Kvedar, MD, founder and director, Center for Connected Health, Partners Healthcare
Obesity with Associated Comorbidities Steering Committee and Workgroup
The comprehensive goal of the Obesity with Comorbidities Steering Project is to raise awareness and improve the population health management for obesity with comorbidities. Both the committee and workgroup provide leadership in shaping population health management-related strategies for strengthening and enhancing comorbid obesity management efforts. This initiative seeks to evaluate and research current evidence-base; disseminate information in order to raise awareness and share best practices for managing the condition; and collaborate with key stakeholders. The project has produced a definition of obesity with comorbidities—the first of its kind in the disease management community. The definition provides a foundation for all other project activities.
The project has also produced extensive research and released the Care Continuum Alliance Obesity Toolkit in 2008. Also in 2008, the Care Continuum Alliance launched an Obesity Resource Center, providing another resource focused on raising awareness and improving the understanding of the role of population-based care in the battle against obesity.
The Program Committee develops and approves the educational content of the Care Continuum Alliance annual meeting, The Forum. The Committee also identifies objectives and implements progressive changes to continually advance and enrich The Forum.
Quality and Research Committee
The Quality and Research Committee is a Care Continuum Alliance standing committee and the Chair is a member of the Executive Committee. The Committee is responsible for implementing the Care Continuum Alliance research agenda and meets quarterly to monitor projects assigned to its dedicated Committees and Subcommittees and to share research-related information.
Chair: Gregg Lehman, PhD, President and CEO, Angeion Corporation
2011 Quality and Research work groups include:
Population Health Management (PHM)—Two work groups will be created for these objectives:
Engagement—There will be several work groups focused on engagement, with possible areas of work to include:
Care Transitions—The Transitions of Care Workgroup will continue to work on the development of a comprehensive best practices framework, to include evidence and case studies, for the transitions associated with a heart failure population.
International—The International Task Force will explore the possibility of developing relationships with international care management companies and conducting an exploratory survey of international efforts among current Care Continuum Alliance members.
Medication Adherence—This work group will build on the work from last year, to include expansion of the organizational best practice framework for medication adherence.