Dr. Maureen Smith recently spoke with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) about a current project that she is conducting with Dr. Menggang Yu and other researchers at locations across the country to characterize & evaluate the outcomes of case management programs. The project uses the PCORnet infrastucture, and its aims include characterizing case management programs across 22 health systems and evaluating the extent to which case management programs prevent hospital events for patients enrolled in Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs). Patients, clinician champions, and health systems leaders have been engaged in all aspects of the study, including setting case management as a high priority research topic.
"The most exciting thing for this project was how interested health system leaders were in this question and in comparing themselves and benchmarking what they were doing against other programs, and understanding what kinds of patients were enrolled in programs across the country. That's information they typically don't have access to, and so they were very interested in that... [it] was exciting for us to have people who we knew would be interested in the result as soon as we were able to provide it to them, and PCORnet added incredible value," Dr. Smith said.
View the video below or on the PCORI YouTube channel.