SCAN Health Plan to Co-Sponsor Best Practices Implementation Award

SCAN Joins With the California Association of Long Term Care
Medicine to Honor Providers for Innovation in Enhancing Care for Seniors

LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its ongoing commitment to improve healthcare quality for
older adults, SCAN Health Plan has joined with the California
Association of Long Term Care Medicine to sponsor a Best Practices
Implementation Award. The award will honor providers for innovation in
processes focused on enhancing the treatment of patients with multiple
chronic conditions and end-of-life care needs.

Providers honored can be individuals or institutions that demonstrate
the successful implementation of best practices along with a plan to
ensure sustainability. These programs must be shown to yield positive
care outcomes and have a proven track record that can be replicated
throughout the long-term care community. The top three best practices
will be honored at the 2016 CALTCM Annual Meeting on April 30.

“SCAN’s mission is built on making sure that seniors have unencumbered
access to quality care that addresses their individual needs and allows
them to remain healthy and independent,” said Dan Osterweil, MD, vice
president and medical director at SCAN. “Our hope is that these best
practices become standard in our industry so that all seniors can

Judges have identified five finalists whose submissions cover the
following themes: skilled nursing facility (SNF) collaboration as it
pertains to transitions of care; decrease in the use of antipsychotics
in the elderly; antibiotic stewardship specifically aimed at altering
prescribing practices to eliminate inappropriate use of antibiotics; the
use of life story boards to enhance the care of residents with dementia;
and the reduction of 30-day SNF readmission. All will be presented at
the April meeting, and the winning programs will be selected based on
pre-determined criteria plus audience choice.

SCAN’s sponsorship of the Best Practices Implementation Award is the
latest example of the health plan’s commitment to discover and
disseminate innovation in senior healthcare. In November 2014 SCAN
joined with the UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and
Gerontology to host a Best Practices Summit that called together 11 of
California’s largest physician groups to share best practices and
advance health plan-physician collaboration related to senior
care. On the heels of that meeting, SCAN and UCLA honored three medical
groups with a “Better Way to Care Award.”

In September 2015 SCAN recognized its top-ten performing medical groups
who achieved an average of 4 stars or higher on SCAN’s internal quality
metrics, which include a focus on preventive screenings, treatment of
chronic conditions, and appropriate documentation to ensure that members
get the care they need. And in November SCAN’s innovative Program for
Advanced Illness, which helps members and their caregivers navigate the
many health challenges associated with end-of-life care, was featured at
the prestigious Healthcare Innovation Expo in Washington, D.C.

SCAN is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage
plans, currently serving approximately 170,000 members. Further
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for SCAN Health Plan
Ross Goldberg, 818-597-8453, x-1