Coleman brings years of experience in geriatric and chronic disease care to advise CareCentrix on the next generation of home care solutions
CareCentrix, the leader in health-at-home solutions, announced the addition of geriatric and chronic care expert, Dr. Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH, to its Strategic Advisory Board. A long-time leader in whole-person care, Dr. Coleman served as Head of the Division of Health Care Policy and Research and Professor of Medicine at The University of Colorado Denver for over 20 years. He was awarded a MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius Grant’ for his pioneering work in care transitions.
“Since the introduction of CareCentrix’s breakthrough post-acute and readmissions product, Dr. Coleman has been a guide and inspiration to our team,” said CareCentrix CEO John Driscoll. “Eric has a unique ability to combine the best of clinical research with practical ideas to help break down the barriers of healing at home. And he never forgets the casual inhumanity that many vulnerable patients face in our current health care system.” Driscoll added, “We are thrilled to have him join our team.”
Dr. Coleman’s research in geriatric care transitions has demonstrated dramatic reductions in hospital readmissions through empowering patients and encouraging self-care. Elements of Dr. Coleman’s previous work have been adopted by Medicare’s Community Based-Care Transitions, which has improved health outcomes for millions of older adults managing chronic illnesses. CareCentrix has worked with Dr. Coleman to integrate key tenets of his research into its existing solutions, which focus on breaking down the barriers patients experience when discharged from an acute care facility. Results have demonstrated total cost reductions of up to 22 percent.
“After an acute episode, older adults are bombarded by ‘check-the-box’ outreach and robocalls from the hospital, their doctor’s office and case managers that create fatigue and frustration. Breaking through the noise requires gaining each person’s trust and effectively engaging them in their self-care,” said Dr. Coleman. He added, “Getting to this level of personalization requires recognizing and addressing their unique situation and the clinical and social barriers to healing. CareCentrix’s leadership and innovation to make the home the center of care opens up many opportunities to provide a new level of care and support for many millions of older Americans.”
Dr. Coleman joins an impressive CareCentrix Strategic Advisory Board. Dr. Coleman is board-certified in geriatric medicine and received his Masters degree in Public Health from The University of California at Berkeley. He completed his residency in primary care internal medicine and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at The University of Washington.
CareCentrix is committed to making the home the center of patient care. With more than 20 years of experience working with payors and providers to create programs that improve quality and lower costs, CareCentrix allows patients to heal or age where they want to be: at home. CareCentrix manages care for 26 million members through over 8,000 provider locations. Through advanced analytics and tech-enabled care, CareCentrix helps determine the appropriate site for post-acute care, and provides support and coordination for patients and their families throughout care transitions, including to and from Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and through Home Health, Home DME, Home Infusion, Home Sleep services, and Palliative Illness Management.