Your Doctor Program, L.P., Selects VRI to Provide Telecare Management for Medical Home Physicians

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National telemonitoring services will provide actionable pre-screened vital signs alerts to physician practices that use YDP’s Medical Home infrastructure in patient management and practice Quality Improvement.

National telemonitoring services will provide actionable pre-screened vital signs alerts to physician practices that use YDP’s Medical Home infrastructure in patient management and practice Quality Improvement.

"This technology support for chronic disease management by even small physician practices in rural areas is one way YDP brings Quality Improvement resources into daily practice to help physicians keep their chronically ill patients stable at home and out of the hospital."

YDP CONTACT: Priscilla Goode, President, 713-981-6125, pgoode(at)yourdoctorprogram(dot)com
VRI CONTACT: Andy Schoonover, CEO, 800-860-4230, Andy(at)MonitoringCare(dot)com

Your Doctor Program, LLC, (YDP), a physician-developed practice support company that facilitates Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) physician practice transformations, announces a new partnership with Valued Relationships, Inc. (VRI), a national provider of remote patient monitoring services. VRI’s services will now be an integral part of YDP’s programs to support practices in meeting NCQA Level 1 PCMH standards and establishing accountable communications across their local medical networks.

Using proprietary Quality Management software integrated with a practice’s practice management system, YDP provides expertise and support required to transform even small, isolated rural practices into more clinically effective and cost-efficient PCMH provider organizations qualified to participate in PCMH and other Accountable Care Organization partnerships with third party health benefit payers. YDP provides its services to physician practices and also to payers desiring to rapidly and inexpensively build quality improvement and PCMH partnerships with Participating Physicians in their provider networks.

“We are very excited to partner with YDP and provide physicians with immediately addressable vital signs monitoring alerts that will enable them to identify patients who need their immediate proactive intervention,” said Andy Schoonover, CEO of VRI. “Our goal is to connect doctors with their patients who may be experiencing health problems, and to do this early enough for them to help keep their patients out of the ER or hospital. “We are pleased that VRI will take care of all aspects of monitoring and notification for chronic disease management as well as for hospital readmission prevention,” said Kim Dunn, MD, founder and CEO of YDP. “Their only deliverable will be a real-time actionable alert in the hands of a physician, which is incredibly important information that an outcomes-focused practice using YDP’s services can use to provide superior care and obtain performance-based reimbursement enhancements.”

Vital signs data are already being obtained daily by VRI for patients of two YDP-supported practices in Houston and Dallas using wireless peripheral monitoring devices including glucometers, weight scales, pulse oximeters, and blood pressure cuffs. VRI provides on-site (in the patient’s home) installation and patient training to maximize patient/caregiver engagement and promote a positive long term patient experience. VRI makes outbound calls to patients to validate alerts as real and actionable in order to prevent any false alerts from bothering a physician’s practice. Answers to questions asked patients by VRI Care Center staff are documented and run through VRI’s algorithms to stratify alerts. Alerts that merit clinical intervention are immediately e-mailed or faxed to physicians as well as uploaded to a secure web based platform that VRI provides to communicate telemonitoring data and trends to authorized users. YDP uses the portal to conduct ongoing program oversight and analysis.

About YDP: The Your Doctor Program™ was co-founded by Dr. Kim Dunn and Kevin Dunn in 2001. Its prototype was Dr. Dunn’s transformation of Internal Medicine Services in the Texas Prison System in the 1990s, and The Your Doctor Program™ was piloted with patients starting in 2003. In 2005, a Research and Development Agreement was established with UT Health’s School of Biomedical Sciences and in 2009, the Program was awarded a National Institute of Health Challenge Grant to test the model. In 2010, pilots supported by Texas Managed Care payers were established and pay YDP for Medical Home management, Quality Management, and telemedicine. In 2010, the YDP Certification Process and Practice Based CME program were developed to support YDP’s vision to promulgate its Physician Quality Standard™ infrastructure and Quality Improvement programs. For more information, or to view the full range of VRI services and products, please visit http://www.yourdoctorprogram.com.

About VRI: With over 20 years of experience, VRI is one of the largest providers of telehealth monitoring, monitored medication dispensing and adherence solutions, and medical alert systems in the country. VRI's services support patient self-management and health plan Care Management operations that enable seniors, the chronically ill, and those with disabilities to maintain their independence and avoid long-term care facilities, and avoid preventable ER use, hospitalization and hospital readmission. The company currently serves approximately 65,000 active clients across the United States, many of whom participate in commercial and government-funded health benefit programs administered by national health plans, regional BCBS organizations, and other Managed Care Organizations that contract with VRI as a Participating Provider. For more information, or to view the full range of VRI services and products, please visit http://www.monitoringcare.com.

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Jennifer McElroy
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