NextLevel Health Partners, inc., wins an APEX award from the Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans

NEXTLEVEL HEALTH PARTNERS, INC., WINS AN APEX AWARD FROM THE ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF MEDICAID HEALTH PLANS

The Medicaid-Managed Care Company Was Recognized for Improving Efficiency, Care Coordination and Readmission Rates by Partnering with Health-Tech Company PatientPing

CHICAGO – NextLevel Health Partners, Inc., a Medicaid managed care company in Illinois, received the Business and Operational Performance APEX award from the Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans (IAMHP) at IAMHP’s Annual Conference last night. NextLevel Health was awarded for improving care coordination, efficiency and readmission rates through their innovative partnership with PatientPing, a health technology company that connects providers to seamlessly coordinate patient care.

“NextLevel Health is honored to receive the Business and Operational Performance APEX Award from the Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans for our partnership with PatientPing,” says Dr. Cheryl Whitaker, CEO of NextLevel Health. “This partnership has enabled us to strengthen our care coordination efforts to ensure safe hospital to home transitions and encourage post-transition primary care visits.”

Through NextLevel Health’s partnership with PatientPing, coordinators are alerted whenever their Members have been admitted to a care facility so that NextLevel Health can support the safe discharge of their Members. The partnership allows NextLevel Health to overcome obstacles to communication with hospitals and facilitate care coordination with high risk membership.

Since partnering with PatientPing, readmission rates for NextLevel Health Members were reduced by nearly half and average length of stay was significantly reduced. NextLevel Health also witnessed a 40 percent improvement in post-hospital transition of care completion for behavioral health discharges after partnering with PatientPing.

“IAMHP congratulates NextLevel Health on this award and the opportunity to celebrate their innovation and commitment to improving healthcare outcomes,” said Samantha Old Frey,  Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans. “This is a wonderful example of the benefit of managed care to not only the entire Medicaid program but also to individual Medicaid members.”

Both NextLevel Health and PatientPing share a commitment to increasing accessibility to quality, affordable healthcare for the communities in which they serve. The innovative partnership between the two health technology organizations signifies an inventive, tech-centered approach to reducing barriers to efficient, cost-effective healthcare.

For more information visit www.nextlevelhealthil.com.

About NextLevel Health Partners, Inc.:
NextLevel Health is a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accredited health plan serving Cook County residents with Medicaid and for Cook County residents in the Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program (Medicare and Medicaid). NextLevel Health Partners provides services to Medicaid recipients as a participating member of HealthChoice Illinois, the state’s Medicaid managed care program. NextLevel Health Partners, Inc. assists in coordinating your care with a deeper understanding of you, your community, and your health, one-on-one, right in your own community. NextLevel Health Partners best serves their community by increasing access to health care, building strong partnerships in the neighborhoods they serve and by understanding important local issues.

About Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans:

As a member organization for the Medicaid managed care health plans, Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans works with the Illinois state government, legislators, advocacy groups and Medicaid patients to invest in and provide high-quality health care focused on cost-effective, individualized care that helps the residents of Illinois live longer and healthier lives.

NextLevel Health Partners, Inc., Announces Partnership With Local Barbers To Help Improve Men’s Health Outcomes

The Innovative Barbershop Project Will Allow The Healthcare Company To Increase Preventive Health Behaviors In Men Across Cook County

CHICAGOThe Barbershop Project is an innovative collaboration among NextLevel Health and barbers across Cook County that aims to improve men’s health outcomes. By bringing critical health information to men in community spaces where they gather often, NextLevel Health breaks down the obstructive barriers men face in accessing important health information and care.

Collaborating barbers have become instrumental resources in reaching men in the communities we serve, while providing valuable insights into the social determinants that often become impediments to seeking preventive care and improving health outcomes for many men. By using barbershop appointments as an opportunity to open dialog and encourage men to practice preventive habits, such as getting regular check-ups, our partner barbers help us make our communities healthier in every sense.

NextLevel Health’s partner barbers are active members of our Complete Health Advisory Council, a group of committed community members and organizations dedicated to caring through action. The NextLevel Health Complete Health Advisory Council allows healthcare professionals across the region to better address the social determinants that affect community health and holistic care.

A variety of health resources, such as Information about NextLevel Health and your nearest healthcare provider, can be found in Snootie Fox Barbershop, Code Chilin Barbershop and Barber’s Corner. If you are interested in participating in NextLevel Health’s Barbershop Project, please contact [email protected]

About NextLevel Health Partners, Inc.:
NextLevel Health is a managed care health plan for Cook County residents with Medicaid and for Cook County residents in the Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program (Medicare and Medicaid). NextLevel Health Partners, Inc. assists in managing and coordinating your care with a deeper understanding of you, your community, and your health, one-on-one, right in your own community. NextLevel Health Partners best serves their community by increasing access to health care, building strong partnerships in the neighborhoods they serve and by understanding important local issues.

Advancing Men’s Health Press Release

NEXTLEVEL HEALTH PARTNERS, INC., MOREHOUSE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND THE ILLINOIS LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION LAUNCH THE ADVANCING MEN’S HEALTH THROUGH PRIMARY CARE CONFERENCE
Dr. Ian Smith Will Keynote The Conference To Address The Social Determinants For Men’s Primary Healthcare

CHICAGO – NextLevel Health Partners, Inc., a Medicaid managed care company, Morehouse School of Medicine and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation today announced the Advancing Men’s Health Through Primary Care Conference, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ian Smith, the best-selling author, television personality and physician. Held March 1st at Kennedy King College in Chicago, will examine men’s healthcare after Medicaid expansion and provide a platform to discuss how critical improvements to men’s health outcomes can be made. The conference will connect health professionals from across the country and will culminate in creating a plan of action for addressing the determinants that affect men’s primary health.

“We are very excited to partner with the Morehouse School of Medicine, The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation and Dr. Ian Smith to bring light to the importance of preventive and primary healthcare for men, especially those in underserved communities,” says Dr. Cheryl Whitaker, CEO of NextLevel Health. “The Advancing Men’s Health Through Primary Care Conference presents an unprecedented opportunity for healthcare professionals from across the country to collaborate and create sustainable models for primary care for men covered under Medicaid.”

“We are thrilled to be the lead academic partner for such an important conference highlighting the obstacles many men face in receiving quality preventative and primary care,” says Dr. Dominic Mack at Morehouse School of Medicine. “We are eager to collaborate with NextLevel Health to support a critical national dialogue around how we can create systems that improve the quality and accessibility of men’s primary care.”

“Examining the economic, social, physical and mental health of African American men is critical to understanding how to rebuild our communities,” says Paul Williams, Chairman of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation. “We are ready for the discussion and follow-up action.”

The Advancing Men’s Health Through Primary Care Conference will convene advocates, experts and key decision makers focused on improving primary care under Medicaid, expanding strategies for community engagement and collaboration, achieving better care through access and prevention, and introducing best practices and shared innovative models for quality improvement.

For more information about the conference, visit www.Partners4mensHealth.com.

About NextLevel Health Partners, Inc.:
NextLevel Health is a managed care health plan for Cook County residents with Medicaid and for Cook County residents in the Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program (Medicare and Medicaid). NextLevel Health Partners, Inc. assists in managing and coordinating your care with a deeper understanding of you, your community, and your health, one-on-one, right in your own community. NextLevel Health Partners best serves their community by increasing access to health care, building strong partnerships in the neighborhoods they serve and by understanding important local issues.

About Morehouse School of Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Ga., was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981, MSM became an independently chartered institution. MSM is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians and was recently recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for our social mission. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy. MSM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Council on Education for Public Health, Liaison Committee on Medical Education and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

About The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation
Since its inception in 2005, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation has been dedicated to protecting, developing and advancing black communities in Illinois. The Foundation’s purpose is to be the link between the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, and black and urban communities throughout the state. The Foundation’s role is to promote and maintain a reciprocal relationship between the Caucus and its constituencies, in a way that allows for the Caucus to develop policies that address the disparities, concerns and needs of black communities across Illinois.

Members can now Receive Prescription Orders by Mail Today!

Happy New Year and welcome to another year of providing quality service with care at NextLevel Health! We wanted to remind you our members can receive mail order prescriptions for Homescripts®. Members can receive their medications at home or any other convenient mailing address at no charge to them. Prescriptions may be faxed, called in or mailed in to Homescripts® to be processed and shipped out to their selected address. Members can enroll in the service through an enrollment form posted on the website https://nextlevelhealthil.com/members/member-materials/. It will ensure members are receiving their medications allowing for greater rate of adherence.

NextLevel Health Partners Inc., Announces Partnership With PatientPing To Improve Member Care And Coordination

CHICAGO, Jan. 17, 2019 — NextLevel Health Partners, Inc., a Medicaid managed care company in Illinois, today announced an innovative partnership with PatientPing, a health technology company that connects providers to seamlessly coordinate patient care. PatientPing will alert NextLevel Health coordinators whenever their members have been admitted to a care facility so that NextLevel Health can support the safe discharge of their members.

“Safe hospital to home transitions are contingent on collaboration amongst healthcare providers,” says Dr. Cheryl Whitaker, CEO of NextLevel Health. “This partnership will enable us to strengthen our care coordination efforts so that transition to home and back into the community based primary care loop has a chance to occur.”
PatientPing, a Boston-based care coordination platform, will provide NextLevel Health members with Pings, real-time notifications whenever one of their members receives care at any ED or facility within the PatientPing network. These notifications will include important context on the patient, including their updated contact information. PatientPing’s network consists of tens of thousands of providers nationwide.

“We’re excited that NextLevel Health is joining our growing Midwest community,” says Jay Desai, CEO of PatientPing. “As a Medicaid MCO, NextLevel understands the value of identifying rising and high-risk members in real-time to ensure timely engagement and improved connectivity to community-based resources. Additionally, NextLevel Health can leverage our diverse provider network of PCPs & FQHCs to share important clinical context to inform care planning and treatment, ensuring member care is truly coordinated between the plan and provider.”

NextLevel Health offers a cloud-based health information technology (HIT) system that allows users to see their health information, health profile, medications, doctor’s visits and tests, as well as provides access to health education, including videos and articles. Both NextLevel Health and PatientPing share a commitment to increasing accessibility to quality, affordable healthcare for the communities in which they serve. The innovative partnership between the two health technology organizations signifies an inventive, tech-centered approach to reducing barriers to efficient, cost-effective healthcare.

For more information visit www.nextlevelhealthil.com.

About NextLevel Health Partners, Inc.:
NextLevel Health is a managed care health plan for Cook County residents with Medicaid and for Cook County residents in the Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program (Medicare and Medicaid). NextLevel Health Partners, Inc. assists in managing and coordinating your care with a deeper understanding of you, your community, and your health, one-on-one, right in your own community. NextLevel Health Partners best serves their community by increasing access to health care, building strong partnerships in the neighborhoods they serve and by understanding important local issues.

About PatientPing:
PatientPing is a Boston-based care coordination platform that reduces the cost of healthcare by seamlessly connecting providers to coordinate patient care. The platform allows providers to collaborate on shared patients through Pings–real-time notifications when patients receive care–and Stories–important patient context at the point of care–and allows provider organizations, payers, governments, individuals and the organizations supporting them to leverage this real-time data to reach their shared goals of improving the efficiency of our healthcare system.

NextLevel Health Partners, Inc., Announces Partnership With NowPow To Improve The Health Outcomes Of Residents Across Cook County

NextLevel Health Partners, Inc., a Medicaid managed care company, today announced an innovative partnership with NowPow, a Chicago-based health technology company, to better manage and address the social determinants that impact the health and wellness of residents across Cook County. NextLevel Health coordinators will use NowPow e-prescription methods as a way to deliver personalized community resources based on factors such as patient conditions, address, age, gender and preferred language.

“Quality healthcare is influenced by numerous social determinants that doctors have no control of, and that reality impedes the care that they can provide,” says Dr. Cheryl Whitaker, CEO of NextLevel Health. “This partnership will empower our staff and physicians to provide even better, more targeted care to patients who need it.”

“This tool allows our care coordinators to understand the available resources in the community that each patient comes from,” says Dr. Dianna Grant, Chief Medical Officer of NextLevel Health. “It empowers them to understand, in real time, what resources every member has access to so they can direct them to the right place. This level of insight and customization has the power to transform health care for all of our members.”

NowPow utilizes data analytics to create a complete community resource directory that connects people to high-quality community resources that help address their chronic health and social conditions. NowPow, a women-owned and women-led technology company headquartered in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, powers communities with critical knowledge of how to manage disease and improve total community health. The company is built on the scientific research of founder Dr. Stacy Lindau, who pioneered the idea of an e-prescribing community that connects healthcare to self-care. From stress management and smoking cessation to fitness classes and family planning, NowPow’s multi-sided referral platform makes it easy to leverage data and turn it into actionable insight.

“NowPow is excited to partner with NextLevel Health to embed personalized, high-quality, hyper-local referrals into their managed care model,” says Rachel Kohler, NowPow’s CEO. “NextLevel Health is an ideal partner as we continue to innovate to improve population health outcomes. As one of few South Side-based tech companies, we are galvanized by the opportunity to work with a partner who shares our commitment to hiring from the communities we live and work in.”

NextLevel Health offers a cloud-based health information technology (HIT) system that allows users to see their health information, health profile, medications, doctor’s visits and tests, as well as provides access to health education, including videos and articles. Both NextLevel Health and NowPow share a commitment to hiring from within the communities in which they serve. The innovative partnership between the two socially minded health technology organizations represents an inventive approach to eradicating both medical and social ills using technology.

About NextLevel Health Partners, Inc.: 
NextLevel Health is a managed care health plan for Cook County residents with Medicaid and for Cook County residents in the Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program (Medicare and Medicaid). NextLevel Health Partners, Inc. assists in managing and coordinating your care with a deeper understanding of you, your community, and your health, one-on-one, right in your own community. NextLevel Health Partners best serves their community by increasing access to health care, building strong partnerships in the neighborhoods they serve and by understanding important local issues.

About NowPow: 
NowPow equips hospitals, healthcare centers, and community organizations with the ability to provide after-visit “e-prescriptions” for nearby vital resources that are important for health and wellbeing. NowPow’s microtargeted resources empower healthcare providers to offer a greater level of care with the potential for improved health outcomes.

NextLevel Health manages population health on the west side of Chicago

NextLevel Health, a coordinated care entity in Illinois’ Medicaid program, uses technology generated by the Virtual Health population health management platform to improve care coordination for the members it serves, says Jacquelyn Smith, R.N., the company’s chief operating officer, in this video interview.

If you are not a NextLevel Health member and want to know more about what we can offer you, click here: your benefits.

About NextLevel Health
NextLevel Health is a Medicaid managed care health plan for people with Medicaid and persons participating in the Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program (Medicare and Medicaid), who live in Cook County. We assist you in managing and coordinating your care with a deep understanding of you, your community, and your health–one on one, right in your own community. Because a healthier you means a healthier community.

NextLevel Health Launches Managed Care Community Network

NextLevel Health Launches Managed Care Community Network

Plan available to all Medicaid clients in Cook County beginning March 1.

CHICAGO —NextLevel Health (NLH) has successfully completed all state requirements and launched a Managed Care Community Network that offers Cook County Medicaid recipients an innovative community-based health plan.

As a Managed Care Community Network (MCCN), NextLevel will be extending health coverage to mothers and children on Medicaid beginning March 1. This final benchmark makes the plan an option for all Medicaid-only beneficiaries in Cook County.

Those already being served by NextLevel Health include seniors and persons with disabilities on Medicaid, but not Medicare, as well as single adults who are now eligible for Medicaid as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

“NextLevel Health was built on a foundational commitment to utilizing community-based care coordination and management as a means of improving outcomes for the members we serve,” said Dr. Cheryl Whitaker, NextLevel Health chairman and CEO.

“That same commitment has motivated us to work diligently to build a groundbreaking health plan that meets the clinical standards and staffing, training and financial requirements set by the State of Illinois,” she said.

Eighteen months ago, NextLevel Health launched a Care Coordination Entity (CCE) as part of the Illinois Medicaid redesign, to improve patient care, patient health and reduce the growth of healthcare costs.

Developed by experienced multicultural physicians and managed care professionals, the Care Coordination Entity used a sophisticated clinical model designed to engage and offer caring support to underserved communities, and to reduce health disparities.

As NextLevel Health has recently successfully transitioned to a full-risk Medicaid health plan, it continues to maintain its commitment to a community-based model for improving health outcomes.

“NextLevel Health has been an enthusiastic partner in the transformation of Illinois Medicaid from a fee-for-service system into a coordinated and managed care system,” said Felicia Norwood, director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. “NextLevel Health has met the very specific capital and programmatic requirements set by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and is now uniquely positioned to support the care of Medicaid recipients who choose its community-based plan in Cook County.”

Since transitioning from a Care Coordination Entity to a Managed Care Community Network, NextLevel Health has grown from 60 employees to 100 employees who are dispersed throughout Cook County in three different locations.

“NextLevel Health is composed of passionate and experienced individuals who are bringing a management model to Medicaid that makes a real impact in the communities we work in every day,” said Dr. Whitaker. “Our employees’ experience with Medicaid clients’ cultural and social needs distinguishes our plan as one concerned with the overall health of our members.”

The NextLevel Health network has approximately 517 primary care physicians, 511 specialists and 642 behavioral health providers working to improve the quality of health for its members within Cook County receiving care.

“I’m honored to work with the State, our providers, and our team to improve the lives and health outcomes of our members and our community,” said Whitaker.

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Next Level Health Moves Administrative Office to Chicago’s West Side

NextLevel Health (NextLevel), a community-based Medicaid health plan, formally announces the opening of its new office location at 3019 W. Harrison St.

NextLevel’s office has 6,200 square feet of space including a large conference room and a “member lounge” where members can come by to sit with their care coordinator or get questions answered about their Medicaid Health Plan. The office is open from 9am – 5pm Monday through Friday. The call center takes calls 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. NextLevel also has locations on the South Side of Chicago and in the South Suburbs.