Monthly Archives: February 2012

6 Challenges of Medical Home Transformation

Providing team-based care, improving patient access and encouraging self-management support were some of the steps taken in transforming to a medical home, explains Dr. Paul Kaye, medical director at Taconic IPA. The real change is in looking at your practice … finish reading 6 Challenges of Medical Home Transformation

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U.S. Healthcare Costs Up 5.28 Percent in 2011

U.S. healthcare costs went up in the last month of the year ending December 2011 across the board, according to the S&P Healthcare Economic Composite Index. The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare … finish reading U.S. Healthcare Costs Up 5.28 Percent in 2011

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5 Findings to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations: Study

Avoidable hospitalizations is the number one patient-related concern facing the healthcare industry today, says a new study from Delta Health Technologies. The Delta Study to Reduce Hospitalizations: A National Study to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations through Home Care, conducted in-depth interviews … finish reading 5 Findings to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations: Study

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4 Key Metrics for Accountable Care Organization Success

Just four critical metrics can determine whether an accountable care organization (ACO) pilot program is a success or failure, says a new white paper published by Thomson Reuters. The paper, Will Your ACO Pilot Succeed? Predict Success with Just Four … finish reading 4 Key Metrics for Accountable Care Organization Success

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Doctors, Hospitals’ Use of HIT Doubled in Last Two Years

The number of hospitals using health information technology (HIT) has more than doubled in the last two years, from 16 to 35 percent between 2009 and 2011, according to a new survey conducted by the American Hospital Association and reported … finish reading Doctors, Hospitals’ Use of HIT Doubled in Last Two Years

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CMS Hospital Compare Site to Post Hospital Infection Rates

Consumers can now access hospital infection rates on CMS’ Hospital Compare Web site. According to CMS, the Web site will now include data about how often preventable central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) occur in hospitals across the country. According to … finish reading CMS Hospital Compare Site to Post Hospital Infection Rates

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Health Insurers Must Provide “Plain English” Summaries of Benefits, Coverage

Those seeking health insurance will soon have clear, understandable and straightforward information on what health plans will cover, what limitations or conditions will apply, and what they will pay for services, according to final regulations published by the HHS. Under … finish reading Health Insurers Must Provide “Plain English” Summaries of Benefits, Coverage

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Geisinger Goes with Gut When Selecting a Case Manager

Key to hiring the right case manager is including the primary care provider in the selection process, explains Diane Littlewood, RN, BSN, CDE, and Joann Sciandra, RN, BSN, CCM, regional managers of case management for health services at Geisinger Health … finish reading Geisinger Goes with Gut When Selecting a Case Manager

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Managed Care Medical Home May Curb Cost, ER Visits for Uninsured

The managed care medical home may reduce the costs of caring for the uninsured population by almost half, according to a new study from Virginia Commonwealth University researchers. In the study, published in the Journal of Health Affairs, researchers examined … finish reading Managed Care Medical Home May Curb Cost, ER Visits for Uninsured

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Prescription Drug Costs Drop, but Cost Still Burdens Families

Because of competition from generic drugs, prescription drug prices have fallen. However, for many people with low incomes, affording prescription medicine is still a difficulty. While middle and upper class families with solid insurance may not struggle, lower income families … finish reading Prescription Drug Costs Drop, but Cost Still Burdens Families

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