Hope Healthcare introduces Hope First

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 3, 2021) – Hope Healthcare has announced Hope First, a program created to provide comprehensive care to better serve Medicare beneficiaries with complex and chronic illness through a new care model from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

To participate in CCMI’s new model of care, Hope has joined with six of the nation’s largest and well-known non-profit advanced illness providers to form Advanced Illness Partners (AIP). AIP is among 51 entities nationwide designated to participate in this new CMMI program that are committed to providing high-value, comprehensive care to high-need Medicare beneficiaries and accepting risk for the most complex patients in the U.S. health care system.

“Through Hope First, we’ll use our experience providing home-based, community-oriented, coordinated care for those with advanced illness,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “We’ll also have an opportunity to share our best practices with our partners in the program.”

AIP organizations have provided home-based care in a cost-efficient manner for many years. Now, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the aging in place preference for many seniors, AIP will demonstrate how effective this model of care can be in meeting patients’ needs.

Hope was selected to participate in AIP based on its success with its Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and its Hope Choices Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM). AIP is comprised of seven organizations that have a combined nearly 250 years of experience in caring for those with advanced chronic illness through largely home-based, community-oriented care in Arizona, Florida, Washington D.C., Virginia, Ohio, Nevada and Oregon. The seven partner organizations currently serve over 60,000 Medicare beneficiaries annually.

Eric DeJonge, Director of Geriatrics at Capital Caring Health and Chief Medical Officer for Advanced Illness Partners shared, “We’re excited to participate in CMMI’s innovative program to bring advanced illness care upstream and serve patients with complex, chronic disease in the home setting for the long-term. As non-profit providers, our network allows us to remain community-based while also sharing best practices and economies to scale to invest in tools that help us improve care and lower costs of care for high-needs patients.”

For more information, visit AdvancedIllnessPartners.org.

As a local, not-for-profit, community-based, safety net organization, Hope Hospice has served Lee, Hendry and Glades counties since 1979. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people facing issues related to serious illness. Hope Hospice is one of many programs and services provided by Hope Healthcare. For more information, call 239-482-4673 or visit www.HopeHCS.org.





Amy Objartel, Hope Healthcare, 239-985-7726, [email protected]

Tina Matte, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758, [email protected]

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