According to the Idaho Caregiver Integration Project, there are approximately 300,000 family caregivers in Idaho who provide roughly 201 million hours of uncompensated care each year. Family caregivers provide significant value in support of the healthcare system in the state, enabling care recipients and families to thrive while delaying the need for expensive institutional care. Moreover, caregivers reduce hospital admissions/re-admissions along with utilization of ERs for crisis care.
Often, informal family caregivers feel unprepared for tasks they are required to perform. In improving patient health outcomes through caregiver support, MGMA Idaho now has resources available on its website provided through the Idaho Caregiver Integration Project, a joint effort of the Idaho Caregiver Alliance, Community Partnerships of Idaho Care Plus, and the Central Health Collaborative to assist you in connecting families to information and support the need to help them care for their family member and help you in managing your patient's care.
Community Partnerships of Idaho Care Plus is a care coordination, resource, and referral agency that has contracted with Central Health Collaborative to support PCMHs and CHEMs agencies and others to connect caregivers with the information and resources they may need. They have experience coordinating services for Idahoans who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.
Care Plus can assist by:
Accepting a referral from you of a caregiver you believe could benefit from information/support
Telephonically assessing supports needed and providing referral and support to access resources
Following up with the caregiver to determine if the referral was completed and the extent which it was helpful
Providing you information as the health care provider to facilitate patient care
To view the resources, visit the "Practice Resources" section under the "Resources" section of the MGMA Idaho homepage.
For referrals to resources and supports, contact Care Plus by email at email@example.com, or by phone at 208-629-3610.
Support for the project available through January 31, 2018.