On December 7, Julie Stahl, RN, Care Coordinator at Mercer Health, was recognized as a top leader in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) population health with a 2017 Population Health Pioneer Award for Most Valuable Care Coordinator.
Stahl was one of twelve individuals to receive an award, which spanned Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), and CPC+ populations and was chosen from more than 100 nominations. She received her award at the 2017 Caravan Health Accountable Care Symposium in Phoenix. The symposium, attended by more than 600 healthcare leaders, is the nation’s most innovative and influential event in population-based payment models. This year’s program featured thought leaders, industry experts, panel discussions and breakout sessions that addressed the most pressing concerns of health system leaders today.
CPC+ is a national advanced primary care medical home model that aims to strengthen primary care through regionally-based multi-payer payment reform and care delivery transformation. Stahl received her award for her extensive work and dedication to getting the CPC+ program up and running at Mercer Health.
According to Stahl’s nomination, “Julie has implemented an extensive undertaking of many practices creating an excellent care coordination program, transitional care management program, and emergency room follow up all on her own. She is a very caring and compassionate nurse who treats her patients kindly and respectfully. The patients have been very responsive to her and many look forward to her phone calls.”
Part of Stahl’s role as care coordinator is following up with patients and helping provide them with resources to care for themselves at home to avoid repeated and prolonged hospital stays.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to reach out to others and help them manage their disease processes. This opportunity allows us as healthcare workers to show patients that we care about how they are doing and know that we are here to help them,” Stahl said. “Changing the way people view healthcare is just step one in this value based change. It’s not always about being sick and going to the doctor or hospital; the focus is for patients to see we are trying to take steps to prevent that from happening and help them understand how they can be involved in their care management.”
Stahl appreciates knowing that her hard work is making a difference for her patients. According to one anonymous Mercer Health patient, “It’s so nice to know that my doctor’s office is interested in knowing how I’m doing after I leave their facility. I know the time the doctor can spend with me is so limited, but this really takes it a step farther and shows me that they care.”