Innovation Combination at the 2013 NIATx Summit and SAAS National Conference

Submitted by: 07/03/2013 by Maureen Fitzgerald

The Affordable Care Act seeks to bend the cost-curve through effective management of high-risk/high need patients. Through multiple exposures to combat theatres in the Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, veterans are at particular risk for chronic substance use and dependence. Repeated hospital admissions increase the costs of care for many veterans, while risk factors rise and health continues to decline.

Loyola Recovery Foundation, Inc. is a Pittsford, New York community based non-profit organization providing specialty behavioral health, health management, housing and employment services to veterans. The agency serves Veterans Administration (VA) patients, veterans not enrolled in VA services, active duty military personnel, and military families. 

Loyola operates a “first of its kind” community-based service that is fully integrated into the values, interests, standards, and treatment goals of the VA Health System.

Dave Gustafson, Director of NIATx, and Chris Wilkins, Founder and President of the Loyola Recovery Foundation, take the plenary stage at the 2013 NIATx Summit to describe Loyola’s “bundled” evidence-based care strategy that combines the latest in smartphone technology for recovery support (A-CHESS), medication-assisted treatment (Vivitrol®), trauma support, and peer support.

Titled “mPower” (Mobile Patient Opportunities for Wellness, Empowerment, and Recovery, the program offers a:

  • Model of health system integration, particularly in primary care, and outpatient behavioral healthcare settings.
  • Strategy for preventing re-hospitalization among high-risk, high-need addicted patients
  • Re-imagined delivery system characterizing SUD treatment modalities as a “wrap-around” collaborative service
  • Reimbursement model of capitated, performance based payment.

Attend this plenary session to hear more the “mPower” Program for at-risk veterans, results so far at Loyola, and its potential as a tool for other populations.

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