Forward Health Group was selected to participate in this meeting as one of four companies, nationwide, who are making a difference in people’s lives. Here, Mike Gifford, CEO of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, and Michael Barbouche, Founder/CEO of FHG, talk about improving patients’ lives.
ARCW has helped lead the fight against HIV in the state of Wisconsin for the last 30 years. For HIV patients the most important clinical outcome is an undetectable viral load. Prior to our partnership with Forward Health 77% of our patients had an undetectable vital load, which really is an average of nationally recognized HIV clinics.
Ford Health Group is a population health measurement company. We’re based in Madison, Wisconsin. When we started our work with ARCW they had made the investments in electronic records and other tools, but we helped them take that further and really maximizing their investment in the electronic record, but helping them bring and marry in the data around depression, around transportation and other critical needs of their patient population. We make sense of messy data that’s scattered and chaotic and transforming it into very clean answers that really help paint the picture of how care is being delivered, where the expenses are, and what the path forward is to drive improvement.
Thanks to our partnership with Forward Health now 90% of our patients have an undetectable viral load, far above the national average of HIV specialty clinics. A recent review of claims data for the state Medicaid program shows that our patients are half as likely to be in the hospital, half as likely to unnecessarily use the emergency room, and cost the state of Wisconsin substantially less. In fact, last year, thanks to our partnership with Forward Health and our good work with the Walker administration, we saved the state Medicaid program nearly $4 million.