Monthly Archives: September 2012

Healthcare Benefits Second Most Difficult Decision for Consumers: Survey

Choosing healthcare benefits is the second most difficult major life decision for American consumers behind saving for retirement, according to a new survey from Aetna. Survey participants reported that choosing healthcare benefits was also more difficult than purchasing a car, … finish reading Healthcare Benefits Second Most Difficult Decision for Consumers: Survey

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Hospitals Focus on Care Transitions to Curb Excessive Readmissions

As CMS prepares to impose penalties next month for what it deems ‘excessive’ hospital readmission rates, 75 percent of healthcare companies have launched programs to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. The Healthcare Intelligence Network annual survey on Reducing Readmissions documented the … finish reading Hospitals Focus on Care Transitions to Curb Excessive Readmissions

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Enrollment in Medicare Advantage Program to Increase by 11 Percent in the Next Year

Medicare Advantage (MA) continues to remain strong, with a projected enrollment increase of 11 percent in the next year, and no increase in premiums, according to the CMS. Since 2010, when the ACA was passed, Medicare Advantage premiums have fallen … finish reading Enrollment in Medicare Advantage Program to Increase by 11 Percent in the Next Year

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HEDIS Releases 35 New Measures for ACOs

HEDIS has released 35 new technical specifications for ACOs for 2013, detailed guidance that will help ACOs collect and report their quality performance in standardized ways, according to the NCQA, which published the measures. The 35 measures for ACOs are … finish reading HEDIS Releases 35 New Measures for ACOs

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Study Links Extended Physician Office Hours with Lower Healthcare Costs

Total healthcare costs for patients with extended access to their PCPs were 10.4 percent lower than for patients without expanded access, according to a new study from the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research at the University of California Davis … finish reading Study Links Extended Physician Office Hours with Lower Healthcare Costs

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4 Reasons to Develop an SNF Care Coordination Network

Fragmented transitional care processes and increasing lengths of stays in readmissions were two of the problems that prompted Summa Health System to develop a care coordination network of skilled nursing facilities, explains Carolyn Holder, its manager of transitional care. Why … finish reading 4 Reasons to Develop an SNF Care Coordination Network

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AHRQ Patient Safety Project Reduces Bloodstream Infections by 40 Percent

A nationwide patient safety project reduced the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in ICUs by 40 percent, preventing more than 2,000 CLABSIs, saving more than 500 lives and avoiding more than $34 million in healthcare costs, according to … finish reading AHRQ Patient Safety Project Reduces Bloodstream Infections by 40 Percent

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High Costs, Low Enrollment Demonstrate High-Risk Pools as Untenable Long-Term Solution

The federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, the high-risk health insurance pool established by the ACA, is succeeding as a transition program but failing as a long-term solution, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. Currently, the plan provides coverage options … finish reading High Costs, Low Enrollment Demonstrate High-Risk Pools as Untenable Long-Term Solution

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Significant Potential for ACOs to Improve Care, Lower Costs for Dual Eligibles

Accountable care organizations can slow the cost of treating the sickest, costliest patients in the healthcare system, according to a new study by Dartmouth researchers. To learn how new delivery models, such as ACOs, are likely to perform for patients … finish reading Significant Potential for ACOs to Improve Care, Lower Costs for Dual Eligibles

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High-Quality Care Can Be 14 Percent More Affordable on Average, But with Local Variations

High-quality medical care can be about 14 percent more affordable on average, with significant local variations, according to a new report from UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Health Reform & Modernization. Using data from nearly 250,000 U.S. physicians serving commercially insured … finish reading High-Quality Care Can Be 14 Percent More Affordable on Average, But with Local Variations

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