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SIMPCO ENTERS AN ILLINOIS HEALTHCARE MARKET LOOKING TO REALIGN FOCUS ON HEALTH PREVENTION, IMPLEMENTATION OF HEALTH CARE BEST PRACTICES AND AVOIDANCE OF INAPPROPRIATE USAGE OF EMERGENCY ROOMS
Chicago, IL. (Jan. 12, 2020) SIMPCO — the nation’s first managed preventive care organization — launched in January to provide solutions to dramatic health care access problems in Illinois, including inappropriate use of emergency rooms by patients lacking resources and information for better treatment options.
The brainchild of Dr. Jeffrey E. Sterling, SIMPCO seeks to complement the efforts of managed care organizations (MCOs) in Illinois addressing the health care needs of Medicaid patients. SIMPCO (short for Sterling Initiatives Managed Preventative Care Organization) centers its approach to managed care around health care best practices — specifically teaching self-care strategies to citizens before they become patients.
“It’s time for consumers of health care to become empowered,” said Dr. Sterling, SIMPCO CEO. “Strategies in health prevention are the key. SIMPCO is prepared to be hands-on with community engagement around health prevention and the social determinants of health in ways that have never occurred in Illinois.”
SIMPCO arrives on the scene as an increasing capacity problem exists due to insufficient presence of MCOs, with just a handful of players servicing the entire state’s Medicaid population. MCOs in Illinois currently number just five, a decrease from the 12 that existed when state expansion of Medicaid began in 2014.
“We are looking to change the paradigm of care,” Dr. Sterling said. “Instead of a focus on sick care and entering the health care system only when in distress, SIMPCO wants Illinois to appreciate how a few simple actions can stave off disease. Let’s normalize and prioritize health prevention for our families and within our communities.”
Dr. Sterling, an emergency care physician born and trained at Stroger Hospital, points to the need to use emergency rooms as sources of primary health care as particularly indicative of the need to better equip the state’s health care consumers with more suitable and less costly options.
“Emergency rooms are by far the most expensive ways to access health care, and doing so only results in episodic addressing of health issues,” Dr. Sterling said. “Imagine the billions of dollars and lives that can be saved if we empower citizens to embrace strategies to provide self-care.”
Carol Adams, Ph.D., SIMPCO Chief Community Engagement Officer said, “Access to quality health care is an absolute necessity to the elimination of debilitating medical disparities and the advance of socio-economic progress. Of equal importance is increased opportunity for our talented pool of professionals to be entrusted to design and implement viable strategies and transformational policies. The SIMPCO Solution addresses these mandates while delivering efficiencies and implementing sustainable, systemic change.”
Jeffrey E. Sterling, M.D., MPH, FACEP, is a national leader in community-based medicine, health care and public health. He is president and CEO of Sterling Initiatives, a health care consulting and implementation firm assisting entities in incorporating best practices, including health systems, health plans, state governments and medical practices in three dozen states and countries.
Sterling Initiatives Managed Preventative Care Organization (SIMPCO) operates from a core mission to improve health care in Illinois and streamline apportionment of resources by focusing on illness prevention and widening access to appropriate care options for the state’s Medicaid population.
For more information on SIMPCO, contact Brown Farmer Media Group. Visit www.simpcoillinois.com for additional details.