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Page 12 Vc tJ ( _C MMIJNITV ~h~ - October 3, 2012 lit From page 1 emphasis on in-home care for some patients. One new trend, he said, is a re- turn to "the old days" when doctors drove to their patients' homes and treated them there. "We want to reduce unneces- sary admissions," Mutlins said, add- ing that approximately 20 percent of patients could be "handled different- ly" - particularly in regard to hospi- tal admissions. That, he said, could lower costs to patients, insurers and businesses that pay for insurance. He showed a short video of such a program run by PresbYterian Health Services of New Mexico, which depicted a doctor and nurse visiting an elderly woman who was the level that we can do this kind of being treated in her home for lung stuff, but at the same time our rev- problems, enue is shrinking." Mullins said new technology al- The other major change that Sa- lows medical personnel to "virtually maritan is responding to is the Ore- connect" into patients' homes, even gon Health Plan's Coordinated Care testing blood chemistry in absentia. Organization, created by landmark He said Samaritan is on the legislation over the past two years forefront of the home care approach and implemented on Aug. 1. to medicine, particularly in the area CCOs are health plans that in- of mental health, in which early in- clude of all types of health care pro- tervention often can stave off bigger viders who have agreed to work to- problems, gether in their local communities for He said, for instance, that a people covered by the Oregon Health psychiatrist can sit at a console with Plan -- Oregon's version of Medic- multiple screens and watch and lis- aid, the: government insurance that ten as resident doctors in training is mainly for low-income residents. talk with patients at other locations. Mullins said about 10 to 15 percent "We're going through a huge of the state's population are covered information technology transfor- by the Oregon Health Plan and will mation," Mullins said. "We have to be served by the CCO approach. get our innovative activities up to He said the CCO is a more ag- gressive approach to health care than even the accountable care organiza- tions (ACO) that is a centerpiece Of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Obamacare. "Our model is a little like an NEED A RIDE? TAKE THE B US! Foster ] Sweet Home ] Lebanon ]Albany Stops Include LBCC, Walmart & The Heritage Mall Linn Shuttle & Sweet Home Dial-A-Bus 541.367.4775 linnshuttle.com ACO on steroids," Mullins said. He said that although alterna- tives to hospital care will be used in the system, "we still have to be able to take care of people who need to come into the hospital." Mullins noted that, whereas heart patients used to be sent to Portland for major procedures such as open heart surgery, an open heart program began in 1996-at Good Sa- maritan hospital in Corvallis. "Survival rates increased dra- matically," he said, adding that Sa- maritan is using that approach for other specialized procedures, work- ing to make sure they are within pa- tients' reach. Muilins showed a schematic of plans for the medical campus across from Samaritan Lebanon Communi- ty Hospital, which already includes the COMP-NW medical school, Sam Fit and the future veterans home, already under construction after ground was broken two weeks ago. Other elements of the plans include a chronic disease management cen- ter, an 80-room hotel complex (with a pool), and a meeting area that will accomodate up to 400 people for conferences and events. "The Health Services Campus will exceed anything we've ever done," he said. But it hasn't been easy. "Samaritan employees are do- ing the heavy lifting right now," he said in regard to the planning pro- cess. "They have to do more with less." He said what Samaritan is try- • ing to do is "transform, not reduce" its workforce, and cited the veterans home as an example of where that may happen, should Samaritan be chosen to provide medical staffing for the home, which is run by the Or- egon Department of Veteran Affairs. Mullins also discussed Sweet Home's medical needs and stated that Samaritan has plans for the com- munity, but he and Becky Pape, CEO of SLCH both said that they aren't far enough along yet to divulge and didn't want to fan speculation. "It's kind of hard," Mullins said. "The economic uncertainty makes us pause before we take on another proj- ect." He said Samaritan was under pressure "a few years ago" to build a new facility for SLC.H and noted how disastrous that would have been in the current economic climate. 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