In an emergency, when minutes, if not seconds, matter, how can community members get care quickly from highly specialized, expert physicians?
TeleHealth, and it’s bringing the expertise of Massachusetts General Hospital specialists to patients in the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Emergency Department through the Mass General TeleHealth program.
Expanded TeleHealth programs are a benefit of Cooley Dickinson Health Care’s affiliation with Mass General, which became official on July 1, 2013. Cooley Dickinson Hospital is also working with Mass General to reduce overhead costs so CDH can keep care affordable for the community it serves. And Cooley Dickinson is benefiting from Mass General’s expertise as the organization transitions to the new world of health care: accountable care organizations and population health management. Read more.
All donations raised by Cooley Dickinson Hospital and the VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson will be used to support programs and services at Cooley Dickinson or our VNA & Hospice. Mass General believes that funds raised locally should be used to support local programs and services. CDH’s collaboration with MGH’s world-class cancer program offers multiple benefits for cancer patients. MGH cancer center staff are assisting Cooley Dickinson with plans for a cancer center here that incorporates the very best oncology practices that a community hospital can offer. - See more at: http://www.cooley-dickinson.org/Main/OurAffiliation.aspx?em=1#sthash.lmTpm0ox.dpuf
One of the goals the Board of Trustees set in seeking an affiliation partner was to choose a partner who will help Cooley Dickinson reduce expenses so that prices can be reduced and care made more affordable. Cooley Dickinson began reducing prices last fall and will continue to do so.
Mass General will help lower prices by helping Cooley Dickinson grow programs and volume by bringing additional specialists to Northampton and by increasing the use of telemedicine. Having more patients has the effect of reducing unit cost and therefore unit price, especially in areas, such as robotic surgery, where our current volume is below capacity.
Mass General will help Cooley Dickinson reduce overhead costs, such as by providing access to low-interest refinancing of $62 million in bonds, lower malpractice insurance cost, and group purchasing rates for big-ticket purchases, such as information technology systems.
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Neither Cooley Dickinson nor Mass General seek to shift care out of the Pioneer Valley. Patients ultimately drive this decision, but our intention is that care that can and should be delivered in this region will continue to be provided in this region. Mass General is not interested in treating Pioneer Valley residents who can be cared for at Cooley Dickinson or Baystate Medical Center.
• We will continue to rely on and refer to Baystate Medical Center those patients who need the high-quality care that Baystate delivers for trauma, heart attacks, and high-risk pregnancies, for example. We will work closely with Baystate and its providers to continue to improve the coordination of care provided to patients who use both of our organizations.
• Mass General would like to care for more of the 600 patients from our area who travel east in an average year for care at a larger hospital. Currently, Mass General treats about 200 of those patients. Cooley Dickinson and Mass General intend to make access to and coordination of care that is beyond what is available in the valley to be so exceptional at MGH that patients choose to stay within our new system.
• Our cancer program already works that way – MGH has helped patients get whatever expertise they need, and to stay here in our community for care that MGH and coordinate locally. Our commitment is to quality care close to home and access to outside specialty care when needed.
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