‘Coaching Boomers to Better Health’ in Case In Point Magazine

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Dr. Appelgate of Iowa Chronic Care Consortium highlights the impact the Baby Boomer generation will have on healthcare industry and how health coach techniques can help.

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The opportunity to collaborate with and engage the patient to become accountable for their health is a fundamental component of the care plan. Coaching and communicating are equal in value to prescribing and educating.

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Dr. William Appelgate, Executive Director of the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium (ICCC), has contributed to the June issue of Case In Point, Dorland Health’s industry-leading resource for professionals in the case management industry. His article, titled ‘On the Precipice of an Age Crush, Coaching Boomers to Better Health’, addresses the demographic, behavioral and clinical impact the Baby Boomer generation will place on the US healthcare system in the years ahead and the contribution that health coach skills can make to help improve the effectiveness of care delivery.

The article points out that six out of ten Boomers will have a chronic disease, one in four will be burdened with diabetes, one in three with obesity, over half diagnosed with high blood pressure, and more than 35 million will have comorbid conditions. It also prescribes a shift towards salutogenesis, which is the focus on preventative health and well-being rather than a focus on disease. Ultimately, the new care delivery models (e.g PCMH, ACO) and a patient-centric approach to driving patient accountability and self-care will be critical to this shift. The case and care manager trained and proficient in health coaching techniques will play a key role in this new healthcare future.

“We are pleased to contribute to Case In Point, which we consider one of the must-read publications for those at the point-of-care, and we believe that the future of the population health trend will rely heavily on the capabilities and expertise of care and case managers,” Appelgate stated. “It’s inevitable that the industry move toward a patient-centric approach that emphasizes the patient’s role in their own care, and it’s especially critical given the impending demand for services that Boomers will inflict upon the healthcare system. Care and case managers will be central to transforming that conversation, and health coaching skills will be a fundamental part of that new skill set.”

About Case In Point
Case In Point is an industry-leading, award-winning monthly resource for professionals who serve in the case management and care coordination industry. Targeted to a multidimensional group of professionals, it strives to arm them with the latest trends, informational resources and illustrations of best practice in order to supplement their knowledge-base and augment their personal mission of providing the utmost in safe, cost-effective, quality care. Case In Point showcases best practices, new models of care, and key solutions to daily challenges so you can improve departmental workflow and patient outcomes. http://www.caseinpointmagazine.com/

About the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium
The ICCC, founded in 2002, is a not-for-profit, population health consulting, training and planning organization. Its mission is to build capacity with other organizations to deliver effective, personalized health improvement and chronic care strategies that reduce the burden of chronic conditions. CHC Online is designed for individuals and healthcare organizations looking to improve the health outcomes of their patients by actively engaging them in self-management support and providing them true patient-centered care. The program includes Internet-based, self-paced courseware, live telephonic practice and feedback session, continuing education credits and CHC certificate of competency. To learn more about ICCC and our Clinical Health Coach® training programs, please visit us at http://www.clinicalhealthcoach.com.

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