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Duke recently announced this year's honorees for the annual Duke Presidential Awards, which recognizes teams and individuals who exemplify Duke’s core values of "respect, trust, inclusion, discovery, and excellence." This is Duke’s highest staff and faculty honor, and recipients were selected from nominations from across the university and health system, including several from the Duke Population Health Management Office.

The honorees’ contributions will be recognized at a ceremony at 4PM on March 7 in Page Auditorium. A reception will follow at 5PM at Penn Pavilion. Click HERE to read the full article.

Dr. Atalaysha Churchwell

As the director of DukeWELL Care Management, Dr. Churchwell leads programs which reach into Triangle-area communities to provide help for children and families dealing with mental illness.

She is being recognized for her work leading the development of the DukeWELL Collaborative Care Management program, which supports adolescents and adults with depression, and the AMH+ Care Management program, which brings high-quality case management into primary care clinics to help children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities or serious mental illness.

Duke Caregiver Community Event

Several Duke PHMO team members were recognized as part of their work organizing the Duke Caregiver Community Event, which was created as a way to enhance knowledge and show support for those handling a challenging job: caregivers.

What started as a virtual event in 2021 has now grown into a daylong in-person experience, which has touched more than 5,200 caregivers and provides programming in English and Spanish. The 2023 edition—which featured educational workshops on self-care and other topics, flu vaccinations, and opportunities to visit with clinicians and learn about helpful resources—drew 507 family caregivers and 91 professionals.

Congratulations to everyone on the Duke PHMO team who have been recognized for this incredible work!

Duke Connected Care (DCC) recently received the results of its MSSP performance for 2022, and DCC has earned shared savings and other incentives due to its exceptional performance. As a network, DCC providers successfully delivered high-quality care to our assigned population of 50,000 beneficiaries, while keeping costs lower than CMS expectations.

Duke Connected Care earned $14M in shared savings. Care delivered in the DCC network in 2022 was 3.7% more cost efficient than benchmark, resulting in a savings to CMS of $19M. Due to DCC’s exceptional quality performance, DCC was able to retain 75% (or $14M) of these savings.

We will have more details soon about MSSP and other performance results. In the meantime, please reach out to your DCC Physician Liaison with any questions.

Congratulations on another successful year!

The entire team at Duke Connected Care would like to thank four new practices for joining the CIN:

Welcome to the future of healthcare in the Triangle!

Over the last two years of the pandemic, some of our most marginalized communities have been hit hardest. Many of our Duke Connected Care practices have stepped up during this time to provide exceptional care for their communities. One of those practices that has gone the extra mile is Lincoln Community Health Center.

Lincoln has provided:

  • 22,935 COVID vaccines—more than 85% of those vaccinated representing historically-marginalized communities
  • 8,615 COVID tests
  • 15,000 N95 masks
  • More than 2,000 At-Home Rapid Antigen COVID Test Kits

This exceptional community support is nothing new for Lincoln Community Health Center. Lincoln has been a leader in health equity since its inception in 1971 and has served the Durham community for more than 50 years. Lincoln Community Health Center was founded by Dr. Charles DeWitt Watts—the first African-American Board Certified surgeon in North Carolina—to continue providing medical services to the community with the closure of Lincoln Hospital, which had provided care to the African-American community of Durham since 1901. 

Kudos to the Lincoln team for your outstanding service to the Durham community!

As a physician-led, clinically integrated network, DCC is proud of the work we do to improve the quality of healthcare and lower costs for our community. Recently, the work of DCC's Executive Director, Dr. Devdutta Sangvai, was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review. The latest issue of the publication announced "58 Population Health Executives To Know in 2022," and the hot list includes Dr. Sangvai. 

"In addition to serving as the vice president for population health management, Dr. Sangvai is Duke University Health System's associate chief medical officer and the executive director of Duke Connected Care. Dr. Sangvai has been at Duke since 2003 and previously served as Duke's chief of family medicine. He has served as president of the North Carolina Medical Society, the chair of the young physicians section of the American Medical Association and the national chair for the Association of American Medical Colleges' organization of student representatives and organization of residents."

We hope you’ll join us in congratulating Dr. Sangvai and connect with our physician leaders as we continue the work to make Duke Connected Care one of the top performing networks in the country.

Duke’s MyChart is changing its name to My Duke Health. In the coming months, patients who visit Duke MyChart will be automatically redirected to My Duke Health at my.dukehealth.org, featuring new and enhanced functionality and patient-centered tools and resources for managing health and wellness.

Patients will also have access to the new Duke Health Virtual Assistant (pictured right), a conversational artificial intelligence tool that helps patients complete common tasks, answers questions, and directs users to Duke Health resources. My Duke Health will also have access to urgent care wait times and virtual appointments, classes and support groups, the Healthwise education library, and more.

Visit My.DukeHealth.org to see the new features and enhancements.