COMS Interactive, also known as Clinical Outcomes Management Systems, has launched the Outcomes Performance Achievement Leader (OPAL) Award program. The program is an extension of the company's focus on improving health care and clinical outcomes in the long-term care marketplace by leveraging Daylight IQ™, the COMS' flagship Disease Management Product Suite.
The OPAL Award program, which focuses on entities that have achieved superior clinical and financial outcomes, was launched by COMS with the purpose of recognizing top performers on a national basis. Award categories include clinical excellence, reduction in unnecessary hospital readmissions, growth in overall census and market leadership.
The Daylight IQ™ Product Suite facilitates improving quality of care by closely tracking changes in condition and initiating appropriate clinical interventions. Key components of the product suite include an Automated Disease Care Guide Library, a Dynamic Nursing Assessment and Compare Module, all of which work in conjunction with each patient's disease profile. It's important to note that utilizing Daylight IQ™ reduces 30-day hospital readmissions by 50% and premature mortality by more than 60%.
"We are pleased to shine a spotlight on clinical leadership," noted Edward J. Tromczynski, Chief Executive Officer, COMS Interactive. "It's no surprise that Welcov Healthcare was the first organization to earn this important award, given their thought leadership and advanced care methodologies in the long-term care industry."
Disease Management experts, COMS is working with leading healthcare organizations in over 40 states to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions. The US population is aging exponentially, with the number of persons age 65 having increased from 35 million in 2000 to an estimated 70 million by 2030. Notably, 10,000 people turn 65 in the US every day, expanding the country's largest growing demographic segment. Although this aging "Baby Boomer" contingent doesn't necessarily require extended long-term care, competent post-acute care is a focal point for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), for Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
"We were excited to receive the prestigious COMS OPAL Award at our recent Annual Meeting," commented Tom Boerboom, President and Chief Operating Officer, Welcov Healthcare. "This award is a direct result of leveraging Daylight IQ™ to further enhance our clinical excellence."
Industry data shows that the average skilled facility patient has a complicated health profile, including one primary disease and up to eight secondary diseases or afflictions. Over 70% of re-hospitalizations from a skilled nursing facility are due to a secondary or new disease progression. By providing early detection of an individual's change in condition, Daylight IQ™ highlights potential problems and offers caregivers the opportunity to respond, preventing further progression of the illness or affliction.