DPH Launching New CATAPULT Model to Improve Diagnosis and Care for Chronic Conditions

March 2, 2016

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is launching CATAPULT, a new health care model designed to improve the diagnosis and quality of care for chronic conditions.

Created as an eight-component model, CATAPULT will create a standardized and systematic approach to improving the control and management of hypertension, diabetes and other related conditions across various health systems in Georgia.

The new model offers an opportunity for health systems to significantly improve their existing health care delivery practices to support positive population health outcomes through the use of technology and data.

Components of the CATAPULT model include:

  • Commit to participating
  • Assess your practice or system
  • Train or be trained
  • Activate
  • Create a plan of action
  • Promote understanding
  • Leverage data systems
  • Test and implement

Through the CATAPULT, DPH is aiming to reduce hospitalizations for Type II Diabetes by 25 percent by 2020; reduce hospitalizations for hypertension by 10 percent by 2020; improve hospital and health system performance measures; and build a community of health care providers engaged in continuous quality improvement.

DPH will provide a variety of services that will prepare providers to fully adopt the new model such as tailored quality improvement support designed to optimize chronic disease registries and build more effective practice teams; support to strengthen delivery of evidence-based care for chronic disease management and increased patient engagement; and access to educational support and tools, including team-based care, patient self-management and community resource tools.   

“Any health system is encouraged to utilize the CATAPULT framework; however, we’re seeking participation from hospital systems with large primary care practices, accountable care organizations, care management organizations and federally qualified health centers,” said Brittany Taylor, MPH, policy, program and planning analyst for cardiovascular health, DPH. “By implementing these quality improvement processes, we will be maximizing the power of technology and electronic health records to greatly improve patient care.”

Hospitals and health care systems interested in implementing CATAPULT should contact Chronic Disease Prevention Director Jean O’Connor, DrPH, at Jean.O’Connor@dph.ga.gov

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