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CCHC Ranks #1 in the Country in Quality- At Risk Population – Keeping You Well and On the Path to Better Health

CCHC is proud of the transformational work taking place in our practices with a focus on delivering excellent care to the communities we serve. CCHC, as part of an MSSP ACO, has chosen to be accountable to Medicare for the quality it provides to the program’s beneficiaries.  To measure quality performance, Medicare uses four domains.  Last month our article focused on preventive health and this month we are focusing on the At Risk Population.

This domain includes measures related to chronic health conditions such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Hypertension meeting specified health goals such as blood sugar and blood pressure control.

Your clinical team is working with you to prevent further complications of chronic conditions. We are aware of the stormy climate and financial strain often found in healthcare and, at Coastal Carolina Health Care (CCHC), one of our main priorities is to provide better care to individual patients. By looking at new avenues of treatment and health monitoring, we strive to keep you well.

What is Chronic Disease or Conditions and How Severe is the Problem?

Chronic diseases are those that appear gradually and, if unchecked, eventually become life threatening. In a recent column, Phil Trotter, Exercise is Medicine; Professor Felipe Lobelo, M.D. Ph.D.; and Ashley John Heather, Off the Scale explain it this way: “A chronic disease is not like a raging house fire—it’s like a smoldering fire in a pile of leaves that slowly reaches the point of flame. Healthcare designates a staggering amount of resources around the life-ending “fire”, and sometimes ignores 90 percent of the “smoldering fires” or chronic disease progression steadily increasing population risk and cost.”

Chronic diseases—heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis—are the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. These six illnesses are also the most common, costly, and preventable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these additional interesting facts:

  • Approximately half of all adults (117 million people) have one or more chronic health conditions.
  • Obesity is a serious health concern. More than one-third of adults (36%) were classified as obese during 2011-2014.
  • Arthritis is the most common cause of disability—more than 23 million Americans say they have trouble with daily activities because of the condition.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations (other than those caused by injury), and new cases of blindness among adults.

The World Health Organization warns that deaths from chronic diseases will increase by 17% over the next 10 years if the problem is not addressed. These numbers are alarming, but CCHC is taking measures to help prevent this predicted and dramatic rise in such occurrences.

It’s Not Quite a Crystal Ball, But It’s Close

Our goal is simple: CCHC wants you to stay on the path to better health. Keeping you well is at the top of our list and we work to do this through screenings, vaccinations, and counseling services. These services can prevent illness or help determine if you’re at risk for certain conditions so you can take the necessary steps to prevent them. Think of it as having a crystal ball allowing you to see what the future may hold when it comes to your health.

In other words, the focus should never be solely on treatment after you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic disease; we want to monitor your health and make the necessary changes well before you face a diagnosis. The providers at CCHC truly value the doctor-patient relationship and will work with you to head off a possible health concern when the first warning signs appear. Our providers and clinicians will give you the tools and knowledge you need to move your “health scale” in the right direction.

If you come to us with a chronic disease, our clinicians can review medications and provide counseling to put you on the path to managing or even reducing the symptoms associated with your illness. When your disease is well managed, there’s also less worry of hospitalization—meaning more time at home living a healthy, independent life.

We Take Better Care of You

Managing a chronic disease or condition can be costly and time-consuming for patients. Value-based care models like ours focus on helping patients recover from illnesses and injuries more quickly and avoid chronic disease in the first place. This leads to fewer doctor’s visits, medical tests, and procedures, and a reduced cost on prescription medication as health improves. You’ll spend less to achieve better health. The biggest advantage in this evolved approach to patient care is that less money is spent helping patients manage chronic diseases, costly hospitalizations, and medical emergencies.

Coastal Carolina Health Care (CCHC) offers primary care services with offices located in New Bern and Morehead City. CCHC is physician owned and operated and always welcomes new patients. Call our Patient Information Line today at (252) 633-4111 or visit

(Sources: Coastal Carolina Health Care; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; World Health Organization; Massachusetts Medical Society; National Public Radio; Harvard Business Review; Health IT Outcomes; Health Catalyst; NEJM Catalyst; The Commonwealth Fund; and Advisory Board Company.)