Geising Jersey Shore to participate in PA Rural Health Model

JERSEY SHORE — As one of only five hospitals participating in the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital will enhance the innovative care already provided to residents in Lycoming and Clinton counties. This model allows rural hospitals to invest more in community health care to improve quality for patients.

Announced Tuesday by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, the program provides rural hospitals with a plan to have stable funding while transitioning away from a traditional fee-for-service reimbursement model.

“Rural communities deserve access to excellent health care,” said Tammy Anderer, PhD, MSN, CRNP, chief administrative officer of Geisinger’s north-central region. “This model allows us to make new investments in patient care and introduce new care models that focus on the needs of our patients and communities. This includes going upstream and looking at community health problems and identifying ways to address these issues.”

As part of the model, Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital developed a transformation plan outlining their approach to improving community care.

Since implementing the model on Jan. 1, hospital leadership have already identified ways to invest in addressing top community health problems including diabetes, frequent emergency room visits and heart and lung diseases.

The model also emphasizes working closer with community organizations to address social issues impeding patients from receiving health care.

“This model builds on Geisinger’s vision for building a health care delivery system that focuses on improving health and value for each community we serve,” said Karen Murphy, PhD, RN, Geisinger executive vice president and chief innovation officer. “We are looking forward to working with the Commonwealth on this important initiative.”

Dr. Murphy has served as Secretary of Health in Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and led the Pennsylvania Rural Health Initiative during that time. She testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance about the challenges of rural health care in America.

Geisinger Health Plan (GHP) is a participating payor in the new health model. Health insurers play a crucial role in working with the Department of Health and participating hospitals to understand the financial impacts of changing care reimbursements.

“This new model is designed to help hospitals and patients,” said Steve Youso, president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health Plan. “A model like this aligns with the values and goals we have as an organization to reduce health care costs by providing patients the best care in the most appropriate setting.”

The model is designed to pivot rural hospitals from focusing on inpatient, reactive care services to more outpatient, preventative care services.

Designated as a Critical Access Hospital by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Medicare program, Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital provides inpatient acute, emergency, outpatient and sub-acute care. For more information on the PA Rural Health Model, click here.

About Geisinger

One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator advanced medical home; Springboard Health population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Geisinger Health Plan

Geisinger Health Plan, begun in 1985, is headquartered in Danville, Pennsylvania. The plan serves nearly 600,000 members in Pennsylvania. Coverage is available for businesses of all sizes, individuals and families, Medicare beneficiaries, Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medical Assistance recipients. For more information, please visit GeisingerHealthPlan.com.

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