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JourneyCare leader to discuss its expanding role in the value equation Oct. 30 at Oakton Community College

Thursday, Oct.25, 2018 – GLENVIEW, IL. As hospices and healthcare organizations across the country prepare to observe National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in November, more than 150 Chicago-area senior care professionals will gather to learn from JourneyCare Chief Strategy Officer Mary Pat Scoltock on how to add value in their industry.

Scoltock will serve as the keynote speaker during Fallapalooza at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines. The educational event is hosted by Silver Connections senior housing and care resource network.

Her address, “Expanding the role of hospice and palliative care in the value equation,” will build on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Month theme “My Hospice. A Program that Works. A Benefit that Matters.”

“Hospice is Medicare’s first proven, coordinated care model and this program has helped our JourneyCare patients for nearly four decades to spend their final months surrounded by loved ones, with comfort and dignity,” Scoltock says. “In an increasingly fragmented healthcare system, hospice shows how healthcare can work at its best. Because of this, hospice leaders are well-positioned to continue launching innovative, new care models that can reach patients even sooner.”

Scoltock’s speech will explore how hospices and senior care agencies can follow JourneyCare’s lead by developing a close partnership between their administrations, strategies and operations to advance these innovative care models. She will also discuss how organizations can leverage their expertise and infrastructure to transition from providing solely hospice and palliative care, to offering advanced illness solutions – something JourneyCare has done successfully.

This year, JourneyCare has launched two new innovative programs to reach patients at even earlier stages of their illness: JourneyCare House Calls, a home-based primary care program for patients who are homebound; and Chronic Care Management, which provides extra care and attention to patients with chronic illnesses who need support beyond visits with their primary care doctor.

JourneyCare also recently affiliated with the KeepWell ACO (Accountable Care Organization), offering independent physicians the ability to participate in Medicare Shared Savings Programs. The affiliation helps ensure patient care is well coordinated, costly duplication of services avoided, and the risk of medical errors significantly reduced.

“Like all healthcare in this country, treatment for patients with advanced illness is moving from a traditional fee-for-service model to a value-based system,” says Scoltock.  “As one of the nation’s largest community-based, nonprofit providers of hospice and palliative care, JourneyCare is taking a lead in this healthcare transformation.”

About JourneyCare

With 40 years of healthcare leadership and expertise, JourneyCare has achieved national recognition for growth, innovation, community partnerships and best practices in caring for adults and children with serious illness. JourneyCare serves 10 counties in the Chicago region and is the largest nonprofit provider of hospice and palliative care in Illinois. The agency also provides services that include JourneyCare House Calls, Chronic Care Management and JourneyCare Choices – serving patients at all stages of serious illness. JourneyCare is dedicated to enriching lives through expert, compassionate care and empowering patients and families to live with dignity, on their own terms. For more information, visit journeycare.org.