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Fallon Health Physician-Summit Eldercare Springfield in Springfield, Massachusetts

Overview

About Summit ElderCare :

Summit ElderCare©, offered by Fallon Health, is the only program of its kind in Central Massachusetts and is one of eight PACE programs in the State. Currently there are 124 PACE Organizations nationwide across 31 states operating 255 PACE centers. Summit ElderCare© provides a combination of medical, social and insurance services using an interdisciplinary team approach to help older adults avoid nursing home placement. The program offers outpatient medical care, social day programming, home care and comprehensive insurance coverage with no co-payments or paperwork for participants. Our physicians and nurse practitioners are able to provide care for the frail elder not available in any other setting. Our comprehensive program is not constrained by the usual insurance company rules and benefit limitations and we have the capacity to offer services that are not often covered by other plans.

Position Overview:

Our Physicians have flexibility to devote as much time as needed for the clinical and social needs of our participants and their caregivers to provide individualized quality care by a team of geriatric care professionals who work together with participants and caregivers to address each individual's specific needs. This team of professionals is an essential component of the Summit ElderCare PACE program.

The team uses a collaborative approach to care planning and is called the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT). The IDT is comprised of Providers (MD/DO and NP/PA), Nurses, Social Workers, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, Health Aides, Recreation staff, Home Care and Transportation Coordinators and Site Administrator. This approach to care is the gold standard for complex and frail older adults who wish to avoid nursing home placement.

Responsibilities

Our mission

Summit ElderCare is the only program of its kind in central Massachusetts. Summit ElderCare started as part of a PACE demonstration project, and is one of Eight PACE programs in the State. There are more than 118 PACE programs nationwide. And, although Fallon Community Health Plan sponsors Summit ElderCare, a participant does not have to be an FCHP member to enroll.

Summit ElderCare is committed to maximizing the dignity and respect of older adults and to enable elders to remain in their homes and in their communities as long as medically and socially feasible. Summit ElderCare enhances their quality of life and their autonomy. Summit ElderCare preserves and supports the elderly adult's family as an integral part of this mission.

Our history

Established in 1995 as an alternative to nursing home placement, Summit ElderCare is focused on caring for older adults in an environment that helps enhance their quality of life and autonomy by helping them to stay in their homes and communities.

Recognizing a community need for more comprehensive services, care and support for frail elders who want to remain independent, and their caregivers, FCHP founded the Elder Service Plan, now known as Summit ElderCare. It started as part of a statewide project in Massachusetts under the leadership of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center's PACE program. The program began with just eight participants. Since then, hundreds of participants and their caregivers have received services from the program.

Today, Summit ElderCare is one of six PACE programs in Massachusetts and more than 90 programs nationwide. This Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) first became available to residents of Worcester County, the city of Marlborough and the town of Hudson in 1995. The program was provided permanent provider status by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in September 2002.

Summit ElderCare values the trust and confidence that participants and their caregivers place in us. We take quiet pride in sharing the care. Summit ElderCare participants are neighbors and friends. We look forward to continuing our mission of helping older adults maintain optimum levels of functioning, well being and independence in the comfort of their own homes and communities.

Highlights of Summit ElderCare

  • Primary care physicians and staff with expertise in geriatrics (the care of older adults)

  • Specialty care

  • Full prescription drug coverage

  • 100% hospitalization coverage

  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs)

  • Adult day health program

  • Medical transportation

  • Family caregiver support

  • Specialized dementia and geriatric care

Qualifications

Education: Medical degree, Geriatric specialty strongly desired *     *

License: A doctor of medicine or osteopathy legally authorized to practice medicine or surgery in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Current DEA certificate.

Certification: Board certification Internal Medicine, Geriatrics or Family Practice preferred *     *

Experience: Two or more years working with a frail or elderly population. Previous managment experience desirable.

About Fallon Health

Founded in 1977, Fallon Health is a leading health care services organization that supports the diverse and changing needs of those we serve. In addition to offering innovative health insurance solutions and a variety of Medicaid and Medicare products, we excel in creating unique health care programs and services that provide coordinated, integrated care for seniors and individuals with complex health needs. Fallon has consistently ranked among the nation’s top health plans, and is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its HMO, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid products. For more information, visit fallonhealth.org.

Fallon Health provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Location US-MA-Springfield

Posted Date 1 month ago (9/29/2021 9:10 AM)

Job ID 6529

# Positions 1

Category Physician

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