Think in the News
“Aging Well in Omaha: Preventative care praised by patients, rewarded with millions”
KETV-7 Omaha – October 21, 2018
We’re all aging. Every day 10,000 baby boomers blow out the candles on a birthday cake and enter retirement age. That’s a lot of cake. And with it, comes the reality that there’s no stopping the clock. What most people truly desire is to age with strength and health and to live long enough to do the activities they enjoy with the people they love. It’s that quality of life issue that patients say is at the center of care at an Omaha healthcare facility called Think Whole Person Healthcare.
“We don’t think of ourselves as old, but we are realistic enough to know we are moving in that direction,” said 65-year-old Susan Thomas. “We can count,” added her 69-year-old husband, Steve Hutchinson. They both burst out with a laugh, as they sat in the office of Dr. Robert Recker, a physician with the organization called “Think.” The two are very active and healthy, exercising almost daily with prevention in mind. READ MORE
“Technologies to facilitate coordinated care help to contain costs, provide staffing”
Midlands Business Journal – June 15, 2018
As the challenges of finding skilled talent and demographic-driven demand for health care converge, organizations are debuting new approaches to recruitment, multidisciplinary care, and advanced technologies to prevent, treat and manage conditions.
Think Whole Person Healthcare is an independent primary care ACO (Accountable Care Organization), which Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joe Miller describes as a “unique patient-centered approach” whose outcomes include not only improved health.
“It also keeps our patients from touching hospitals — either emergency room visits or hospitalizations,” he said. “Aging does not have to equate to more suffering. And when you suffer less, your health costs go down.”
Its primary care physicians are surrounded by a team that includes, according to Miller, a triage nurse, clinical pharmacist, care coordinator and clinical staff that wraps around patients. READ MORE
“American Academy of Family Physicians”
Omaha World Herald – February 18, 2018
Think Whole Person Healthcare’s Chief Medical Officer Joseph Miller, MD, FAAFP has been appointed to the Quality and Practice Commission of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Dr. Miller is one of just 16 family physicians nationally selected to serve on this commission. His four-year term runs until December 2021.
“We are experiencing rapid change in the areas of healthcare quality measures and payment reimbursement,” said NAFP President Trisha Sams, MD. “The work of this commission is imperative to advocating for and shaping the changes physicians need in this new environment. We are honored to have Dr. Joseph Miller from Nebraska selected to serve on the commission.” READ MORE
“Health organization says ‘accountable care’ is saving patients money”
KETV7 Omaha – February 9, 2018
Nebraska’s five Accountable Care Organizations, or ACO’s, said Friday their Medicare patients pay $1,156 less per year than the national average.
Representatives of the ACO’s, including Omaha’s Think Whole Person Healthcare, also said their clients had lower hospitalization rates than the national average.
The ACO’s seek to treat clients before they become sick, by bringing patients in more frequently and monitoring their health.
“Our focus is truly proactive healthcare rather than reactive disease management,” said Rick Pane, CEO of Think Whole Person Healthcare.
Think serves 40,000 patients from its facility near 71st and West Center Road in Omaha. The facility hosts primary care physicians, physical therapists, nutritionists, dentists, a pharmacy, and other professional health services.
The approach allows Think to streamline record keeping, and make a patient’s entire medical history available to several different doctors in the organization. READ MORE
“Reduce the cost, number of medications”
Live Well Nebraska – November 6, 2017 – Sponsored Content
As a doctor for over 30 years, I’ve seen huge changes in how I practice and care for my patients. I’ve seen generations born, been invited to their weddings and cared for them to the very end. And through all of these experiences, I’ve always been humbled by the trust and faith my patients have put in me.
But those changes have been challenging and today in truth, I frequently use the skills of my highly competent and skilled clinical staff. Modern medicine, for all its wonderful advances, has become so complex that I have come to rely more and more on their expertise in their clinical fields.
Since I’ve been practicing at Think, one member of that team has transformed the way I can serve my patients — and that’s my clinical pharmacist. Medications are a minefield and the single biggest cause of hospital readmissions. READ MORE
“Blue Cross boosts its investment in group that runs Think clinic”
Omaha World-Herald – June 26, 2017
The state’s largest insurance company has increased its stake in the holding company behind a two-year-old primary care clinic that aims to keep patients healthier, including heading off trips to costly emergency rooms and hospital beds.
The corporate structure is complicated. The upshot: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska now owns all of Think Nebraska, the holding company. Think Nebraska, in turn, owns part of Think Aksarben LLP, the entity that operates the clinic at 7100 West Center Road. Sixteen of the doctors who practice at the clinic own 49 percent of Think Aksarben LLP.
Previously Blue Cross officials had described the insurance company as a minority investor. Blue Cross officials said recently that they increased their investment because they believe in the Think model. READ MORE
“Blue Cross’ backing of Think Whole Person Healthcare has been extensive”
Omaha World-Herald – March 27, 2016
The CEO of Think Whole Person Healthcare, Fergus Hoban, describes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska’s support as “unstinting.” Unquestionably, the insurer’s assistance to the nine-month-old clinic has been considerable.
When technology problems cropped up after the opening, Blue Cross sent its executive vice president of strategy and innovation, Steven Grandfield, to Think around September to help correct them.
Then Lew Trowbridge, president and chief operating officer of Blue Cross of Nebraska, encouraged Rick Pane last fall to share his expertise with Think management as a consultant on budgeting and other business practices. Hoban ultimately hired Pane as chief operations officer in December. READ MORE