Monthly Archives: January 2012

1 in 5 Americans Suffered Mental Illness in 2011: SAMHSA

One in five Americans aged 18 or older experienced mental illness in the last 12 months, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The rate of mental illness was … finish reading 1 in 5 Americans Suffered Mental Illness in 2011: SAMHSA

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Most Medicare Demo Projects Fail to Raise Quality, Cut Costs

Medicare’s disease management (DM) and value-based payment demonstrations have failed to raise quality and cut healthcare costs, according to a review from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). A recent review of the outcomes of 10 major Medicare demonstrations over the … finish reading Most Medicare Demo Projects Fail to Raise Quality, Cut Costs

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The Clinical Pharmacist’s Role in Safe Transitions

One of the ways clinical pharmacists can be a key toward ensuring patients’ safe transitions from the hospital or SNF to home is by reconciling discharge medications with them and their providers within 24 to 48 hours of discharge, explains … finish reading The Clinical Pharmacist’s Role in Safe Transitions

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Patients Receive Half of Recommended Preventive Health Services at Annual Check-Ups

Patients getting annual check-ups may not be receiving recommended preventive screening tests and counseling services that may benefit their health, according to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. More than 20 percent of U.S. adults received periodic … finish reading Patients Receive Half of Recommended Preventive Health Services at Annual Check-Ups

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Crystal Run Healthcare Among First Early Adopters Seeking NCQA ACO Accreditation

Crystal Run Healthcare is one of six early adopters seeking ACO accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) since the agency launched the accreditation program in November. By signing on for early adoption, these six organizations commit to … finish reading Crystal Run Healthcare Among First Early Adopters Seeking NCQA ACO Accreditation

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Insurance Premium Increases in 5 States Deemed ‘Unreasonable’ by HHS

After independent expert review, HHS determined that Trustmark Life Insurance Company proposed unreasonable health insurance premium increases in five states — Alabama, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wyoming. The excessive rate hikes would affect nearly 10,000 residents across these five states. … finish reading Insurance Premium Increases in 5 States Deemed ‘Unreasonable’ by HHS

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New Data on Diabetes Management: Heavy Reliance on CDEs

Certified diabetes educators (CDEs) and case managers are key influencers in diabetes management, according to a 2011 survey on diabetes management strategies by the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN). Weight management is the greatest challenge of managing diabetes, said the majority … finish reading New Data on Diabetes Management: Heavy Reliance on CDEs

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3 Strategies for Reducing Avoidable ER Use by Medicaid Patients

Examining financial incentives for PCPs and ER physicians, engaging PCPs in their patients’ progress after they leave the ER, and ensuring PCPs’ accessibility during and after discharge are some of the ways Wellpoint has reduced ER utilization, explains Karen Amstutz, … finish reading 3 Strategies for Reducing Avoidable ER Use by Medicaid Patients

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5 Percent Of Americans Account For More Than Half Of Healthcare Costs

The top five percent of Americans accounted for nearly half of all healthcare expenditures in the United States, a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) says. In contrast, half of the population spends little or nothing … finish reading 5 Percent Of Americans Account For More Than Half Of Healthcare Costs

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Baptist, Geisinger and Banner Among Top Performing Health Systems: Thomson Reuters

Baptist, Geisinger and Banner Health Systems are among the top 15 U.S. health systems named so for their balanced system-wide clinical performance. Thomson Reuters recently released its fourth annual study identifying the top U.S. hospitals; all of them showed high … finish reading Baptist, Geisinger and Banner Among Top Performing Health Systems: Thomson Reuters

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