From Food Deserts to Food Swamps: Interventions to Improve Patient Health

We each make over 200 decisions about food daily. Many of these decisions are strongly influenced by our food environment and may contribute to health status based on what is available. Limited access to nutritious foods, as well as overwhelming access to nutrient-poor foods, can be addressed by health professionals through motivational interviewing with tailored education and knowledge of community resources.

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Brea Neri
Aledade, Emtiro Health Partner to Create Independent Primary Care Physician-Led ACO in North Carolina

Today, Maryland-based Aledade, Inc. and North Carolina-based Emtiro Health, LLC announced they are forming a new partnership to support independent providers in the North Carolina Foothills and Greater Piedmont-Triad area under Aledade’s newly formed, physician-led Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACO benefits North Carolina physicians and their patients by offering a model that rewards doctors for improving quality of care and patient health outcomes, while lowering costs.

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Sarah Dohl
Trusting our Gut (Microbiome) in Nutrition-Focused Healthcare

We have all experienced a “gut feeling” about something or someone in our lives. These strong, intuitive instincts have likely lead us to act one way or another, perhaps even serving to protect. In a similar way, research is revealing that the beneficial microbes found in our gut may be influencing our mental state (via the gut-brain axis) and protecting us from a host of diseases and illnesses.

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Sarah Dohl
Project ECHO: Improving Access to Speciality Care

In 2003, Dr. Sajeev Arora, a liver specialist at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, realized that his specialty clinic for the treatment of Hepatitis C was overrun with patients in need of care. Wait lists were long and many of the patients who were being seen struggled to keep their appointments because of the long distances they had to travel to Albuquerque to receive Interferon, a complicated and sole treatment available at the time.

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Sarah Dohl
Rethinking (Patient Centered) End of Life Care

Technology has done wonders for the medical world, enabling providers to sustain life in ways that were not imaginable 50 years ago. However, when there’s no hope of a reasonable recovery, why is every life sustaining option implemented in spite of what the patient may want?

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Sarah Dohl
Evoking Change in Patient Behavior through Motivational Interviewing

Many patients are intimidated in health care settings. The mere fact that the provider is holding the knowledge and answers that ultimately affects the patient’s health and wellbeing puts them in a position of power. With that much influence and power, patients will of course do what their provider has directed them to do, right? Wrong. 

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Sarah Dohl
Partnership for Community Care Network and Northwest Community Care Network Launch Joint Venture

Today, Partnership for Community Care Network (P4CC) of Greensboro and Northwest Community Care Network (NCCN) of Winston Salem announced the formation of Emtiro Health, a joint venture of the two organizations. Emtiro Health will build on the vast experience of P4CC and NCCN to provide a total population health management solution to patients, providers, and payers.

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Sarah Dohl