Nashville, TN, July 7, 2014 – Alana HealthCare is opening a new transitional care center (TCC) James Square Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Syracuse, NY to safely and effectively transition chronic respiratory patients out of hospitals and into their communities.
Nashville-based Alana HealthCare launched its home-based respiratory health management program, Comprehensive Respiratory Outcome Management (CROM™), in early 2012. Designed to reduce the largest cost drivers in health care — hospital admissions and readmissions—CROM™ has cut each by as much as 51% and 48%, respectively. The program has taken hold across Tennessee and 10 other states as one of the few interventions available for patients living with chronic respiratory failure proven to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and readmissions, and resulting in tremendous cost savings for patients and the health care system.
Many of the patients eligible for care in the new transitional care center at James Square are suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other forms of chronic respiratory failure. The American Lung Association estimates that in the state of New York nearly one million have been diagnosed with COPD. However, nearly half of all COPD cases go undetected, making this a highly conservative estimate.
The CROM™ Transitional Care Center at James Square will pair the skilled nursing facility’s existing clinical expertise in rehabilitation with in-house CROM™ respiratory therapists to create a stable and comfortable environment for patients living with COPD, neuromuscular disorders and other forms of chronic respiratory failure. Alana’s respiratory therapists will educate patients about their disease and how to best manage it, equip them with the most appropriate and effective therapies available, and offer complex case management services that eventually transition patients safely into their homes. According to Zach Gantt, RRT, Alana HealthCare’s Chief Clinical Officer, “this partnership is about helping respiratory patients that are no longer in need of hospital care, but are not yet able to care for themselves. Our partnership with James Square allows us to work alongside their great clinicians to help a larger number of patients under one roof.”
The CROM™ program has partnered with physicians, hospitals and payers to deliver care for more than 1000 home-patients to date. Respiratory patients can have tracheostomies, require ventilation, and face a host of other complex challenges. The key to their success is through partnerships whereby hospital case managers can ensure the patient will be properly cared for upon discharge, skilled nursing facilities provide a safe environment conducive to education and rehabilitation, and, highly experienced respiratory therapists can build strong relationships with the patient and their family to build the needed skills and understanding for self-management.