The problem we solve: Fee for service in chronic pain care has failed to yield results and the expenses have been enormous, as much as economic costing >240 billion US dollars for low back pain alone as well as an increased number of problems secondary to addiction to opioid medications including a high death toll due to overdose.
About our solution: The concept of a medical home is not new. Adopting a system in a medical home for the underserved population of chronic pain sufferers can solve the issue of rising cost, over utilization and better results. We offer early interventions with behavioral changes via nutrition (anti-inflammatory diet), exercise physiology, acupuncture which has scientific evidence of its benefits in chronic pain and a conservative approach to interventional pain medicine to be applied only after failure of other therapies or to facilitate other therapies.Progress to date:
I have established a small office setting that is already seeing patients. One of my patients has sent letter to a CEO of an HMO medical system in the area in an attempt to help me find a partnet because she has seen first hand the excellent results and potential to save costs to the system.
I have presented at local meetings the concept with excellent feedback. Traction has been slow but I am confident as there is more knowledge of this concept and as health insurance cost sharing with patient increases more and more people will be interested in a lower cost alternative to care.
I am working with 2 experts in the field of wellness nutrition and excercise physiology who would join the project but I do not have the funding to support this venture with them.
We would like to establish a center that has an integrated space for Physical therapy, acupuncture, medical interventions and office space.
In an ideal situation, we would like to establish a brand and proof of concept so that we can partner with third payers and establish a capitated system and phase away from fee for service to maximize savings.
Creator: Mauricio Garcia Jacques
Education: Harvard Medical School Residency in Anesthesi
Bio: I'm a public health specialist and physician who has the goal to develop a system to lower cost of caring for patients with chronic pain symptoms using integrative approach to health care.
Hospital Affiliation: ACHE Institute of Houston
Advanced Degree(s): MD MPH
Health care costs are steadily increasing and in the case of chronic pain conditions the results are not necesarily better with more spending. We want to offer an integrative approach to pain control offering therapies with proven record of effectiveness, optimizing its results and providing most therapies in the same system with open communication between providers. Lack of coordination of care is a classic complaint in the current system and we want to offer an alternative in the field of pain care which is typically not understood by most providers.
Offer an integrative program for pain management to their patients with improved satisfaction.
Insurance companies can help us develop a system to transition from expensive fee for service to a risk sharing strategy to treat painful conditions. Save money as a community wellness approach as our user base grows!
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