Evi-Base to Provide Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs to Medicare and Medicaid Patients of MetroHealth

November 19, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 19, 2018--Evi-Base, which has been providing chronic disease self-management programs to the Medicare patients of The MetroHealth System for nearly 18 months, announced today that it has extended its agreement with the healthcare system to now include some of its Medicaid population as well. Based in Cleveland, MetroHealth is an integrated health system with four hospitals, including a Level I trauma center, a skilled nursing facility and more than 20 locations throughout Cuyahoga County.

Through Evi-Base’s MyLife program, MetroHealth Medicare patients are learning to better understand how to live with their disease and are acquiring tips and techniques to better manage their health. Through collaboration with the MetroHealth Population Health Innovation Institute, its care coordination team and the MetroHealth clinical team, Evi-Base has helped fill a gap in care; and the result has been improved quality of life for the individual and lower healthcare costs for everyone.

Currently, Medicare patients of MetroHealth who suffer from diabetes are encouraged to enroll in a six-week self-management program where they learn about eating healthy; dealing with high and low blood sugars; managing stress, pain and fatigue; and developing a fitness program that fits their lifestyle. This peer-to-peer interaction has been shown to make a positive impact on a participant’s health behaviors, healthcare utilization and health status.

“These programs help individuals realize that they cannot rely solely on doctors and hospitals for answers but must take personal accountability and make essential behavior changes in order to improve their own health,” said Mary Jayne Reedy, president and CEO of Evi-Base. “The self-management program we’ve been conducting with MetroHealth’s Medicare population has become a logical inclusion into its commitment to value-based care, and we are excited to now expand our work to include their Medicaid patients as well.”

Nearly 29 million Americans have diabetes, a chronic condition that is disproportionately expensive, especially when there are complications. Diabetes among American adults was estimated to cost the U.S. economy an additional $245.5 billion in total healthcare expenditures in 2017. Reedy says that the work Evi-Base is doing with MetroHealth and others is demonstrating that peer coaching and peer support “adds the much-needed missing elements to how we have historically treated diabetes and can thus make a meaningful impact on an individual’s health and outlook on life.

“Evidence-based self-management programs fully support the triple aim of improving health outcomes, improving members’ experiences and reducing healthcare costs,” Reedy continued. “They also improve health literacy, which results in better patient engagement in their health and produces lasting behavior changes.”

About Evi-Base

Evi-Base provides evidence-based programs and solutions for chronic disease self-management and prevention. Quickly becoming one of the nation’s preeminent companies in its field, Evi-Base works with hospitals, health plans, health systems and ACOs to help patients and members better understand how to live with their disease, thus providing improved quality of life for the individual and lower healthcare costs for everyone. To date over 4,000 individuals affected by diabetes and other chronic diseases have had their lives positively impacted by the Evi-Base programs, which are driven by the core belief of “People first. Integrity always.” evi-base.com

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