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Camden Coalition in the news: Summer-Fall 2018 press roundup

December 7, 2018
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By Amy Yuen

Our Accountable Health Communities (AHC) initiative and Housing First program were featured nationally and regionally:

  • Accountable Health Communities model launches in South Jersey with a new advisory board — Washington Times
    The Camden Coalition is partnering with clinical delivery sites and community service providers serving Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties in implementing our Accountable Health Communities initiative. To gear up for the kickoff, we convened an advisory board that is overseeing this ambitious effort to transform how whole person care is accessed and delivered in our region.
  • Outside influences: Factors creating need for health care are not always based on health care — ROI-NJ
    People experience social needs such as housing instability and food insecurity outside of the hospital, but these factors can lead to recurrent hospitalization for many individuals with complex health and social needs. Our own Andrew Katz and LaTonya Oliver discussed the Camden Coalition’s work in addressing social drivers of health through our AHC initiative and Housing First program, respectively.

VIDEO: The American Journal of Managed Care interviewed several of our staff about the Putting Care at the Center 2018 conference, as well as the newly released Blueprint for Complex Care:

Several publications covered our announcement that the Camden Coalition Health Information Exchange (HIE) has joined the New Jersey Health Information Network, a statewide data exchange system that aims to increase efficiency and improve care throughout the Garden State:

The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs’ partnership with the Peterson Center on Healthcare and Health Quality Partners (HQP) to rigorously design and test new methods of replicating HQP’s Advanced Preventive Care model was featured in two publications:

Our Suboxone Gold Card pilot program, created in partnership with the Addiction Medicine Program at Cooper University Hospital and Project H.O.P.E., was featured twice in Politico Pro:

  • Medicaid recipients still face barriers to addiction meds, despite new state law (available to Politico New Jersey Pro subscribers) — Politico Pro
    “‘Prior authorization erodes trust between patients and providers,’ said Natasha Dravid
    of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, which recently started a pilot program
    to address the treatment delay. ‘They’re being told they can’t get what they need’… One program that’s already started to address the prior authorization gap is the
    Suboxone Gold Card, spearheaded by the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
    along with the Addiction Medicine Program at Cooper University Hospital in Camden
    and Project H.O.P.E.”
  • State may lift barriers for Medicaid recipients in need of addiction meds (available to Politico New Jersey Pro subscribers) — Politico Pro
    “The Murphy administration and the managed care organizations that administer New Jersey’s Medicaid are considering whether to remove restrictions on patients seeking medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction…given the scope of the state’s addiction epidemic, providers increasingly say any hindrance of a patient’s access to addiction treatment increases the odds of tragedy. Last year, the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers launched a pilot program in coordination with two providers and UnitedHealthcare that waived prior authorization on Suboxone prescriptions for Medicaid recipients.”

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