The Blog to Transform Advanced Care
Advancing Care through Innovation, Observation and Collaboration.
Stratis Health is a nonprofit organization that leads collaboration and innovation in health care quality and safety. Stratis serves as a trusted expert in facilitating improvement for people and communities. For nearly 50 years, they have worked to build health care organization and community capacity and embed change management skills to drive person-centered quality health care. Focused on supporting communities to provide the right care in the right place at the right time, Stratis Health designs and leads initiatives that aim to transform care by working across settings of care and with communities. Stratis’ work is grounded in data and measurement, as staff focus on how to tap into local assets to address needs, frame services and support within emerging health care payment models, and explore how technology can enhance the quality and efficiency of services.
Improving care for those with advanced illness, who are often the most vulnerable patients or in underserved areas, is a longstanding organizational priority. For example, Stratis Health has supported more than 205 organizations in 44 communities across the country to foster palliative care services in rural areas and build local capacity to cultivate palliative care programs. Rural palliative care services are often integrated with hospice and home health services as a way to build upon existing staff skills and reimbursement mechanisms. In another initiative, after participating in a year-long Stratis Health hospice utilization project, three rural communities increased hospice admissions by 8.7% and increased length of stay in hospice for patients.
Building relationships across organizations is key to seamlessly supporting individual health and well-being, as well as advancing population health. Stratis Health mobilized more than 2,450 people from 1,106 organizations in 27 communities to enhance care coordination and avoid unnecessary hospital readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries. Interventions have included increasing the use of advance care planning, as well as advocating for the use of home and community-based services from health agencies and community-based organizations.
“As more Americans live with advanced illness, we need to strengthen the ability of our health care system and communities to support people with high-quality services so they can live their best lives possible,” said Jennifer Lundblad, Stratis Health president and CEO.