January 2017

Medical Specialty Group Homes

There are over 60 million people suffering from Gastrointestinal Disorders in the United States today.  Their conditions range from the annoying complaints like constipation, gas or abdominal bloating to the ultra-serious conditions like Crohn’s/IBD, Pancreatitis or Esophageal Cancer. 

A number of “Medical Specialty Group Homes”, more commonly known as “Centers of Excellence” are springing up throughout the country and are now playing a leading role in the care of patients’ with gastrointestinal disease such as Crohns/IBD.  These Model Programs are using a multifaceted approach to treating patients with challenging conditions.  Their focus is patient-centric and their goal is to improve each patient’s quality of life and reducing hospitalizations and readmissions.  Patient’s suffering with Crohn’s disease across the county have a very high 30-day readmission rate.  Some estimates are as high as 18 to 20 percent.  A reduction in the 30 day readmission rate would save millions of dollars each year in the cost of managing Crohn’s in the United States.  

The approach used by these Centers is to bundle a variety of services to compliment your medical management.  Diet management is a key part of their strategy.  They will use Registered Dietician to conduct a comprehensive nutritional assessments which includes diet history, and nutrient analysis and heavy doses of Nutritional education to develop patient-specific goals.  Other complementary services, such as Exercise Physiology, Yoga, other Stress Reduction modalities, etc. are used to develop a wellness plan customized to each patient. 

The physicians at Digestive Disease Associates of Rockland are fully invested in the wellness of their patients.  We will be looking to collaborate with other services to develop a wellness blueprint for our patients with chronic disease.  We are fortunate to have Debbie Caputo NP on board to help co-manage the medical care of many of our chronic patients.  We look forward to more collaborations with community services to add a greater “wellness value” to the care you receive.

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