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April 19, 2022 in Upward Health News

Upward Health is pleased to announce that several of its executives will be presenting at conferences later this spring.

Upward Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dennis Mihale is scheduled to speak at the Healthcare Innovation Summit + Cybersecurity Forum Series in Miami, Florida on May 11. Dr. Mihale will talk with Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Innovation, in a panel discussion focused on how social determinants of health’s role in population health.

The Healthcare Innovation Summit + Cybersecurity Forum is in its 14th consecutive year and hosts a regional event series dedicated to the latest trends and challenges facing healthcare executives. Studies have shown that up to 80% of a person’s health is a result of socioeconomic factors, physical environment, and health behaviors such as diet and exercise and tobacco use.

Dr. Mihale will discuss the opportunities and complexities of integrating social determinants of health initiatives into a population health approach. “Most of Upward Health’s patients have social determinants of health challenges in addition to chronic physical and behavioral health conditions,” said Dr. Mihale. “It is difficult for our patients to focus on, for example, managing their diabetes if they don’t have stable housing or access to healthy foods. Our Care Specialists address the barriers to housing, food, transportation, and other social needs to improve the health and well-being of our patients.”

More information about the Forum can be found here: Summit Series + Cybersecurity Forums: Healthcare Innovation Events (swoogo.com).

“Upward Health has a model of care that manages the chronic health needs and treats acute exacerbations at home.

— Dr. Anubhav Kaul, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs – Upward Health

On June 14, two Upward Health executives will lead a session at the OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana. Upward Health’s Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Anubhav Kaul, and Chief Strategy Officer, Mark Treat, will discuss how to design an innovative service model for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These patients often suffer from significant health disparities due to their complex conditions and frequently have difficulty in communicating, resulting in poor health outcomes and excessive costs. Leveraging an in-home whole person solution, such as Upward Health, significantly improves access to care, quality, and health outcomes while preventing costly and avoidable utilization of acute and post-acute services.

The OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute is focused on developing growth strategies and nurturing the new value-based service delivery innovations at payer and provider organizations. Serving those living with an intellectual or developmental disability can be particularly difficult because they are more likely to experience chronic medical conditions as well as have mental health needs. Upward Health has a long history of treating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in place to reduce unnecessary and disruptive trips to the hospital.

“We have partnered for years with the Seven Hills Foundation, a comprehensive health and health services network and one of the largest providers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Mark Treat. “This experience has yielded capabilities that are particularly well-suited to treating the needs of these patients and coordinating care with their other providers.”

“A trip to the emergency room can be extremely disruptive for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They may become easily agitated and it places a significant burden on the caregiver who accompanies them,” noted Dr. Kaul. “Upward Health has a model of care that manages the chronic health needs and treats acute exacerbations at home.”

More information about the Institute can be found here: Home – The 2022 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute.

About Upward Health

Upward Health is an in-home multidisciplinary provider that partners with health plans and other risk-bearing entities to address the unique needs of the most high-risk, high-need users of the health care system today. Using a unique, in-home community-based approach to meeting a patient’s needs, Upward Health facilitates and delivers care that improves outcomes and the quality of life for every patient it serves.  Upward Health has a measured Net Promoter Score of 86, among the highest in the healthcare industry.

Press Contact: Seth Zuckerman, szuckerman@upwardhealth.com