DENVER, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting this month, InnovAge and DispatchHealth are partnering to bring back the house call and reduce unnecessary emergency room visits for the 2,000-plus older adults who participate in InnovAge's Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in the Denver metro area.
InnovAge PACE centers included in the DispatchHealth program are in Aurora (Chambers Center), Denver, Lakewood (Cody Center), and Thornton. Participants at these centers can be seen in their homes by emergency-trained medical professionals for a variety of services, including respiratory infections, minor fractures and cuts, infections, nosebleeds, and nausea and vomiting. "The opportunity to treat our participants in their own homes - rather than sending them unnecessarily to an emergency room - is a natural fit for InnovAge and our commitment to helping seniors age in place," said Dr. Lisa Price, InnovAge chief medical officer, who oversees the DispatchHealth partnership. "Some medical situations still require a trip to the emergency room. By working with DispatchHealth, we can help our participants and their caregivers avoid the inconvenience, time and expense of unnecessary visits to the ER," she said. "DispatchHealth was designed to promote access to care, improve patient experience and decrease the overall cost of care," said Dr. Mark Prather, chief executive officer of DispatchHealth. "Our care model has proven that acute medical care can be delivered safely and cost-effectively in the homes of seniors. We're excited to partner with such a forward-thinking organization as InnovAge and execute on our common goals of improved health outcomes and quality of life for older adults in Colorado." PACE is a federal program for seniors on Medicare and/or Medicaid, and is designed to keep seniors living in their own homes and communities for as long as safely possible. InnovAge and DispatchHealth will work together to track outcomes and savings.