North Carolina, a state with a rich history and diverse population, has embarked on a significant journey to address health equity, recognizing the importance of ensuring that all residents have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. Health equity, defined as the absence of unfair and avoidable health differences among different groups, has become a focal point for policymakers, healthcare professionals, and community leaders in North Carolina.
To effectively address health equity, North Carolina has acknowledged the existence of health disparities across various communities. Disparities in health outcomes often reflect social and economic inequalities, making it crucial to adopt a comprehensive approach that addresses the root causes. Factors such as access to quality healthcare, socio-economic status, education, and environmental conditions play a pivotal role in shaping health outcomes.
Partnerships between government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector have played a vital role in addressing health equity. By pooling resources and expertise, these collaborations enhance the impact of initiatives and contribute to sustainable improvements in health outcomes.
One such example of pooling resources is through Element by Arkhé, a consortium of healthcare providers working together to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs through coordinated care. This enables smaller providers who are thoroughly embedded within their communities, the opportunity to join forces and provide further reach through the use of common resources. Element by Arkhé provides the care management data platform known as Element powered by MediSked, as well as administrative and billing staff to support care management agencies (CMAs) while allowing them to maintain their separate identities.
Last month, MediSked, a CaseWorthy company, welcomed two new CMAs to join the consortium – B&D Integrated Health Services and Primary Care Solutions, Inc. These two agencies were previously providing tailored care management in North Carolina and heard about the mission and vision of Element by Arkhé and decided to join the consortium, providing them with access to MediSked’s care coordination suite. Additional CMAs are projected to join the consortium over the next couple of months.
By choosing to join Element by Arkhé, CMAs have access to a robust array of NCQA approved tools through the MediSked platform, enhancing the abilities of care managers to coordinate and improve the care of North Carolinians. The care manager can rest assured that all aspects of a member’s life are assessed through the care management comprehensive assessment. Information collected via the comprehensive assessment feeds into the member’s care plan, ensuring that all needs identified are addressed.
North Carolina’s commitment to addressing health equity is a testament to the state’s dedication to the well-being of all its residents. Through comprehensive policy initiatives, community engagement, and strategic partnerships, North Carolina is actively working towards creating a more just and equitable healthcare system. The ongoing efforts signal a positive trajectory for the state, as it strives to build a healthier and more prosperous future for everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances.
MediSked, a CaseWorthy company, is a proud partner in advancing health equity for North Carolinians. Learn more about MediSked’s solutions for North Carolina here!