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Temple physician primary care practices participate in public-private medical home partnership

January 8, 2017

Six Temple Physicians, Inc. primary care practices have been selected to participate in a nationwide advanced primary care medical home initiative that aims to strengthen primary care through regionally-based, multi-payer payment reform and care delivery transformation.

The initiative, known as Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), features a partnership between payer partners from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, state Medicaid agencies, commercial health plans, self-insured businesses, and primary care providers. The partnership includes more than 2,900 participating primary care practices nationwide and is designed to provide improved access to quality health care at lower costs.

The six TPI practices that were selected for the CPC+ initiative are Temple Physicians at Rockledge, Temple Physicians at Fort Washington, Fox Chase Internal Medicine, Jamestown Family Medicine, Temple Physicians at Lawndale, and Temple Physicians at Palmer Park. The TPI CPC+ program will be administered in collaboration with the Temple Center for Population Health, LLC, which serves to improve health care delivery through clinical and business integration, community engagement and practice transformation.

Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems partners with Drexel University

Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems has formed a new partnership with Drexel University for a research project to inform naloxone (Narcan®) administration best practice. The objective of this study is to identify and inform opioid overdose and treatment intervention based on the feedback from those providing and/or receiving the current opioid overdose prevention and intervention training.

The research will be done through qualitative interviews. Each group will be asked to respond to a series of questions relevant to their experiences with naloxone administration and overdose prevention training.

Holcomb will hold multiple focus groups. Focus groups will be held Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. for behavioral health specialists who have provided intervention/treatment for someone who has recently experienced an opioid overdose.

Holcomb will also hold focus groups on Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. for first responders who have administered the opioid overdose antidote naloxone Narcan.

Participants only need to attend one focus group session. The focus groups will be held at Holcomb’s office located at 126 East Baltimore Ave. in Media.

For information, contact Angela Colistra or Beth Mingey at (484) 444-0412 or research@holcombbhs.org

Health Partners Plans selected to serve Medicaid beneficiaries

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has selected Health Partners Plans to provide coverage to Medicaid beneficiaries living in the state’s Southeast and Lehigh/Capital Zones. The award will expand HPP’s reach from Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties in the Southeast Zone to an additional 13 counties in the Lehigh/Capital Zone, more than tripling the size of its service area.

The Lehigh/Capital Zone includes approximately 484,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, Perry and York counties. Pending regulatory approval and successful completion of a readiness review, the three-year HealthChoices agreement is expected to begin in June 2017.

Nazareth Hospital offers free

smoking, tobacco cessation classes

Nazareth Hospital is offering free smoking and tobacco cessation classes on Wednesdays from Jan. 11 to Feb. 22; from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 2601 Holme Ave, in the 7th Floor Rehab Conference Room.

Classes are designed to help smokers and tobacco users kick the habit by providing the knowledge, techniques and support they need to become tobacco-free. Sessions include, understanding addiction, behavior change strategies, coping mechanisms for urges and stress, education on healthy lifestyle choices, access to resources for nicotine replacement therapy and relapse prevention.

Registration for the program is required. For information or to register, call (215) 335-7727.

— Compiled by Ayana Jones