Institute Summary: Overview

Cleveland Clinic’s Community Care brings together functions that partner to provide exceptional care that is personalized, equitable, and accessible for patients and the communities served. These functions are built on a foundation of engaged caregivers who are guided by transformative research and education. As a multidisciplinary and multifunctional care team, Community Care’s operations are found across 20 family health centers, 10 regional hospitals, and 74 practice locations with 144 clinical desks caring for communities across Northeast Ohio.

Community Care's Clinical Operations include departments that provide coordinated care across the practices of adult and pediatric primary care, consultative internal medicine, geriatrics, hospital medicine, medical care at home, clinical genomics, functional medicine, and wellness and preventative medicine. These teams serve patients during their lifetime and reach across multiple venues to provide continuity throughout the continuum of care.

Community Care's Value-Based Operations team is designed to encourage the patient- and caregiver-centered team care model through multidisciplinary collaboration. Their scope is to support the empaneled patients of the primary care teams. Using data to target improvement and patient engagement, these care teams focus on optimizing patient outcomes, quality, and cost through proactive management of a patient's health, wellness, and chronic diseases.

The Community Health & Partnerships team works to bridge clinical efforts with community needs by leveraging internal capabilities and engaging community partners to assist with removing barriers to care, which often include social needs. Social needs are nonmedical aspects of individual and family lives that can affect one's ability to maintain health and well-being. These could include housing (stability and quality), food (stability and security), as well as legal needs related to immigration status, eligibility for public health insurance, employment, family/housing access, and government benefits access for income maximization to include improving digital equity.

The capabilities in Clinical Operations, Value-Based Operations, and Community Health & Partnerships are synchronously deployed to enable excellent and focused longitudinal care for patients and communities.

Key programs include the following:

  • Center for Geriatric Medicine, which is nationally recognized for its expertise and care
  • Center for Value-Based Care Research, aimed at studying new models of healthcare
  • Primary Care Women’s Health program for gender-specific care, education, and research
  • Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO), which currently manages a population of 81,000 patients across Northeast Ohio and is one of the largest in the country
  • The Executive Health program combines world-class health care and wellness services to provide the most comprehensive, tailored, streamlined executive health physical examination available. This approach transforms the traditional physical examination into an integrated, personalized, head-to-toe evaluation. This service is offered in Cleveland, Florida, Abu Dhabi, London, and Toronto. Combined, the programs have relationships with over 650 companies, and care for over 9500 patients annually
  • Ambulatory Care Management, which consists of 4 key members of the care team, including Primary Care Coordination, Primary Care Social Work, Population Health Navigation, and the RN Contracting Team
  • The inSight Community Monitoring Program, developed to ensure the proactive management of at-risk populations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes patients who test positive for or are suspected of having COVID-19, patients with chronic diseases who are considered high risk, and patients recently discharged from the hospital
  • Transitional Care Management Home Visit program, which consists of a series of postdischarge in-home visits with Advanced Practice Nurses and Community Paramedics from the Medical Care at Home team for patients with a high risk of readmission
  • Virtualist Program, which consists of providers who utilize telehealth tools/technologies to reduce inappropriate emergency department and inpatient utilization and safely navigate patients to the appropriate levels of care. Target support areas for second level triage/deescalation include patients identified as needing emergency services from Nurse-on-Call, Family Health Centers, Express Care, Home Health, and the inSight Community Monitoring Program
  • Program to increase child lead testing with in-office capillary test and supporting EMR functionality initiated
  • Home Monitoring Program offered to COVID-19 patients, which involved technology-driven check-ins along with caregiver phone calls for specific patient populations
  • Genetic counseling services provided to pediatric and adult patients
  • Focused on patient and caregiver wellness via lifestyle, integrative, and functional medicine services
  • Set up Virtual Primary Care (vPC) Practice to provide access to care in a primarily remote setting
  • Dispatched Cleveland Clinic Children’s School-Based Mobile Unit
  • In partnership with Wellness and Taussig Cancer Center, established a Culinary Medicine & Nutrition Program
  • Launched CANOPY Medical Suite in support of the Child Advocacy Center in Cleveland.
  • Established a partnership with FQHC’s (Federally Qualified Health Centers) to place consults to service via Care Everywhere
  • Addressed disparities in care by launching Diabetes and Hypertension programming at strategic sites
2022 Community Care Departments
PhysiciansAdvanced Practice ProvidersPatient Volumes
Primary care, Ohio: 418Primary care: 224Primary care, Ohio: 1,259,592
Hospital medicine: 174Hospital medicine: 72Inpatient admissions, Ohio: 32,048
Express care: 7Express care: 227Express care: 348,964
Geriatrics: 14Geriatrics: 3Geriatrics: 9211
Wellness: 13Wellness: 0Wellness: 10,637
Medical care at home: 17Medical care at home: 31Medical care at home: 4914
Executive health: 7Executive health: 0Executive health: 3664
Residents: 166Residents: 0
Functional medicine: 13Functional medicine: 3Functional medicine: 14,152
Genomics: 13Genomics: 0Genomics: 1692
Attributed Lives: 490,000