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March 21, 2017

CCA and the One Care are featured on MassLive.com

Commonwealth Care Alliance was featured on MassLive.com today, in an article promoting a MassHealth informational session about One Care scheduled for March 23rd in Springfield. A quote from Chris Palmieri is included along with information about CCA’s One Care program.  MassLive.com is generally considered Western Massachusetts’ most popular local news and information site with over 3.9 million unique monthly visitors providing 24/7 news and information throughout Massachusetts, Northern Connecticut and across New England.

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March 20, 2017

Commonwealth Care Alliance Recognized by Senator Elizabeth Warren on the Floor of the United States Senate

Senator Warren mentioned the case of a CCA One Care member that had been shared with her by our partner agency, Boston Center for Independent Living. Senator Warren noted the incredible care that CCA has provided for this member, and concludes by relating the member’s belief that “the only reason he’s alive today is because of all of the services and care he gets through One Care.”

In addition to the video clip of her March 8th speech, Senator Warren’s remarks citing CCA and our work are now part of the official Congressional Record.

March 6, 2017

John Loughnane, Chief of Innovation, is a winner in This Year’s Costs of Care Story Contest

Costs of Care, a leading non-profit focused on high-value healthcare, has collected dozens of real stories from both patients and clinicians that illustrate the challenges and opportunities to providing affordable care. As part of their annual Story Contest, sponsored this year by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and Consumer Reports, the stories submitted reveal the many struggles that we all encounter with a too often fragmented and high-cost healthcare system. We congratulate John Loughnane, who is one of three winners of the Costs of Care Story Contest.

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March 3, 2017

CCA partners with Orbita on PCA management program

Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) was selected in 2016 to host a digital health pilot, supported by a $25,000 grant from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), to address challenges faced by low-income individuals with complex needs. CCA has worked with CHCS over the past few months to identify a health technology company to work with on the pilot, and yesterday announced that CCA will be paired with Orbita, a home healthcare platform.

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February 14, 2017

CCA featured in Lowell Sun

“The doorbells ring, and in walk angels: Commonwealth Care Alliance’s home visits bring improved health, brighter lives.”

Today, the Lowell Sun On-Line featured CCA’s One Care and SCO programs, and included quotes from Kim Trembley and Toyin Ajayi. The Lowell Sun covers the Lowell-area and parts of southern NH (Amherst, Pepperell, Merrimack, Milford, Hollis, Nashua, Hudson, Windham, Pelham, Methuen, Dracut, Tewksbury, Billerica, Bedford), and has a circulation of approximately 132,000.

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February 13, 2017

CCA featured in Healthcare IT News article

“Hospitals forging patient experience of the future with voice AI technologies”

In today’s Healthcare IT News, Commonwealth Care Alliance’s innovative work exploring new voice Al technologies to improve the patient care experience was highlighted. John Loughnane was quoted in the story. “Voice has been a tremendously underutilized aspect of how healthcare views interactions,” Loughnane said. “I see a future where voice is going to be an integral part of healthcare.”
Healthcare IT News is an authoritative industry source covering the people, policy and technology driving next-generation healthcare in the U.S., delivering editorial insights about compelling topics such as electronic health records, health information exchange, privacy and security, data analytics, patient engagement, population health and revenue cycle management. Healthcare IT News has over 54,000 print readers and nearly 181,000 unique visitors a month.

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January 31, 2017

Health Affairs Blog: Weaving Whole-Person Health Throughout An Accountable Care Framework

Health Affairs Blog published a blog post written by Commonwealth Care Alliance’s Iyah Romm, Chief Transformation Officer, and Toyin Ajayi, Chief Medical Officer. The post, “Weaving Whole-Person Health Throughout an Accountable Care Framework: The Social ACO,” calls for a closer integration of traditional healthcare delivery and social services organizations and explores Commonwealth Care Alliance’s history as an early pioneer in developing fully integrated models that address physical and behavioral health in tandem with social needs.

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January 10, 2017

Could paramedics be key to cutting health care costs?

​Commonwealth Care Alliance and its Acute Community Care program was featured on MassLive.com today, in an article called Could paramedics be key to cutting health care costs? The article referenced the results of an evaluation of the program released in December by Mathematica Policy Research and the Center for Health Care Strategies, with support from Kaiser Permanente.

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January 10, 2017

CCA Surpasses 20,000 Members with One Care and Senior Care Options Programs

As of January, Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) is now serving more than 20,000 members, highlighting the growing demand for the organization’s innovative approach to caring for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid in the One Care and Senior Care Options (SCO) programs. This membership level achievement follows close behind news that CCA’s One Care plan was the highest rated Medicare-Medicaid Plan in the nation in 2016.


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January 10, 2017

New Report Finds Health Care Cost Savings in CCA’s Community Paramedicine Program

A brief released this month by the Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. (CHCS), reports that Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA)’s community paramedicine pilot program “suggests substantial savings potential,” providing a strong business case for CCA’s innovative model of community-based healthcare. The new report provides one of the most robust assessments to date of the cost impact of community paramedicine.

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