“PIMTM identifies seniors enrolled in health plans throughout Arizona who have a life-limiting illness and may experience an over-medicalized or inappropriate death,” says Greer Myers, president, Turn-Key Health.
He explains that over-medicalized death includes: chemotherapy for cancer patients within 14 days of death, unplanned hospitalization within 30 days of death, more than one emergency department visit within 30 days of death, hospital admissions within 30 days of death and life-sustaining treatment within 30 days of death.
“Our local community-based palliative care partners are specially trained to conduct personal, in-home patient assessments and help individuals and their caregivers to set personalized goals of care. As a result, plan members avoid inappropriate, costly and often unwanted interventions and care.”
As of 2015, in US Census Bureau for Arizona, people over 65 comprised 16.4 percent of the population — with 14.2 percent in Maricopa County, and 18.4 percent in Pima County. By 2020, one in four residents will be age 60+. Arizona’s Medicare beneficiaries represent a 17-percent share of total population (Source: Medicare Beneficiaries as a Percent of Total Population). According to the most recent Census Bureau estimates, the state’s retirement-age population grew from about 25 percent of residents in 2010 to 27 percent of the overall population in 2013 (Source: Rapidly aging population brings new opportunities, challenges).
“Payers in Arizona are enthusiastic about PIM™ because it concentrates on quality care and is proven to reduce the overall economic burden for plan members, as well as health plans,” says Myers.
About Turn-Key Health
Turn-Key Health, an affiliate of Enclara Pharmacia, is an Advanced Illness Management (AIM) company for healthcare payers and at-risk provider organizations serving seniors. Its Palliative Illness Management™ (PIM™) model introduces a new option to improve care quality, address costs and reduce burdens associated with life-limiting illnesses.