Coordinating Care Between Hospitals and SUD Facilities for Better Patient Outcomes
Monday, July 15, 2019 2:12 PM
The Kentucky Hospital Association and Collective Medical Technologies are committed to
supporting patients with substance use disorder (SUD) and the providers who care
for them. Medication-assisted therapy and coordinating care is proven to
improve outcomes. As a part of this commitment, Collective Medical is
adding Kentucky SUD clinics, behavioral health practices and related
treatment facilities to this growing Kentucky network.
In Elizabethtown, Stepworks Recovery Centers is now connected to
Hardin Memorial Health. Through the Collective Platform, care managers
from Stepworks can now collaborate with Hardin Memorial emergency
department (ED) staff when a Stepworks client presents in the ED to ensure that
they aren't prescribed medications that could result in a relapse.
Bibb, a board of directors member at Stepworks, explains, “It can be frustrating for centers like ours when patients leave our doors,
relapse and return to the hospital — and we have no way of knowing because
the systems that connect hospitals may not extend to facilities like
Stepworks. However, with Collective Medical we’ve been able to gain
visibility into a patient’s past, present and progress long after he or she
leaves Stepworks, and in real-time. This has been invaluable in allowing us
to reach out and catch patients as they stumble and get them back on track
quickly and effectively.”
For behavioral health and SUD clinics, the Collective Platform
appropriately handles patient consent requirements as specified under CFR
42 Part 2. Deanna Parker, assistant VP of emergency services, Hardin
Memorial Health, shares “In order to help a patient with substance use disorder, we have to know
about the problem first. But with the careful regulations surrounding CFR
42 Part 2, many of our substance use disorder patients are struggling in
silence as physicians are unable to see what these patients really needed.
Collective’s consent functionality will give our staff the insight they
need to understand each patient’s history and how to help him or her on the
road to recovery."
Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) is an integrated system of providers and
facilities serving approximately 400,000 resident in 10 Central Kentucky
counties (Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Breckinridge, Grayson, Nelson, Hart,
Bullitt, Green and Taylor). The 300-bed hospital in includes 270 acute
care, 15 psychiatric, 15 skilled nursing beds and has one of the busiest
emergency departments in the state.
Stepworks has helped more than 6,000 clients recover from dependencies on
alcohol, heroin and other addictive substances. The Stepworks mission is
simple: to help people recover from addiction. The collaboration with
Hardin Memorial is a testament to the vision of both the hospital and
Collective Medical operates the largest real-time care collaboration
network in the United States. Using unique technology, Collective unifies a
patient’s entire care team – including hospitals, primary and specialty
care, post-acute care facilities, behavioral health providers and community
service organizations – to collaborate together for the good of the
For additional information about launching the Collective Platform in your facility, contact Melanie Moch at KHA (firstname.lastname@example.org).