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Accountable Health Communities model launches in South Jersey with a new advisory board

June 13, 2018
Provider asking Camden resident screening questions

By Amy Yuen

Last year, the Camden Coalition was selected as one of 32 organizations in the country to implement the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model to screen Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries for a range of health-related social needs and provides them with health and social service navigation. To gear up for the August kickoff, we’ve convened an advisory board that will oversee this ambitious effort to transform how whole person care is accessed and delivered in our region.

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Camden Coalition in the news: June 2018 press roundup

June 12, 2018

By Amy Yuen

Our partnership with the South Jersey Behavioral Health Innovation Collaborative to develop the Regional Behavioral Health Dashboard was featured by healthcare tech publications and Philadelphia’s public media outlet.

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The Addiction Medicine Program at Cooper Hospital: Improving the wellbeing of Camden residents experiencing addiction

June 12, 2018
Emma Gugerty and Lindsay Wilson of Cooper Addiction Medicine Program pose in front of tree

By Amy Yuen

The Addiction Medicine Program at Cooper Hospital is a leader in improving the wellbeing of individuals experiencing addiction in Camden, and a key partner in our collaborative work to improve care for people with complex needs. On May 23, staff from the Addiction Medicine Program presented an overview of their comprehensive addiction services and highlighted their newly expanded work with pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorder at the monthly Camden Care Management meeting.

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Overcoming red tape to address the opioid crisis

June 8, 2018
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By Natasha Dravid

The opioid crisis is driving government, healthcare providers, and health insurance companies to find new solutions and pathways for faster treatment. For example, in March, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf waived prior authorization for buprenorphine, a medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction often known by the brand name Suboxone. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also waived prior authorization for buprenorphine, but his policy did not apply to people on Medicaid. The good news is that, as we wait for states to implement legislative or administrative solutions to this critical issue, we are piloting innovative solutions to improve access for patients.

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Camden County jail now shares clinical data with Camden Coalition’s Health Information Exchange

June 6, 2018

By Christine McBride and David Scholnick

When people walk out of Camden County Correctional Facility and step into freedom, they carry their health needs with them. This spring, the jail’s clinic took a big step of its own when it began sending health data to the Camden Coalition Health Information Exchange (HIE). Now healthcare and social service providers in Camden who help returning citizens will have access to diagnoses, lab results, and other clinical summaries relevant to patient care. The Camden Coalition will also have a more complete picture of the community’s health needs and trends.

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