Monthly Archives: October 2012

Preparing Physician Practices for Population Health Management

A new Health Dialog report surveys physicians’ population health management (PHM) readiness and recommends success strategies from early adopters. Researchers from Health Dialog surveyed more than 100 PCPs throughout the country on implementing PHM strategies as part of day-to-day patient … finish reading Preparing Physician Practices for Population Health Management

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5 Core Elements of Horizon’s Patient-Centered Medical Home

Engaging, educating and empowering patients is one of the core pieces that make up the PCMH, says Jay Driggers, director of consumer experience and engagement, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. While other primary elements — payment reform … finish reading 5 Core Elements of Horizon’s Patient-Centered Medical Home

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Hospital Infection Rates Unchanged by CMS Penalties

The rate of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) has not been impacted by CMS penalties, according to a study from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. A study of National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data from 2006 to 2011 on HAIs for … finish reading Hospital Infection Rates Unchanged by CMS Penalties

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Cigna’s Growing ACO Program Improves Health Outcomes, Lower Costs

Cigna is on track to reach its goal of 100 initiatives for 1 million customers by the end of 2014, Cigna officials report. With the expansion of its collaborative ACO program through nine new initiatives with physician groups in seven … finish reading Cigna’s Growing ACO Program Improves Health Outcomes, Lower Costs

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Number of Americans Paying High Medical Costs Mostly Unchanged Despite Recession

Nearly one in five families — 18.8 percent — experienced high medical cost burdens in 2009, roughly the same as 2006 despite widespread job losses, more uninsured and declining incomes during the recession, according to a study by the Center … finish reading Number of Americans Paying High Medical Costs Mostly Unchanged Despite Recession

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3 Changes to Medicare Advantage Plans Will Significantly Improve Patient Care, Healthcare Costs

Medicare beneficiaries’ care and savings will improve significantly when new ACA-enacted Medicare policies are rolled out between now and 2014, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. The new policies will reward four- and five-star plans and cut $12.7 billion … finish reading 3 Changes to Medicare Advantage Plans Will Significantly Improve Patient Care, Healthcare Costs

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New Study Finds Efforts to Embed Exercise in EHRs Improves Patient Care, Quality

A new initiative to systematically record patients’ physical activity data into their EHRs along with other vital statistics can help improve patient care and quality, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports … finish reading New Study Finds Efforts to Embed Exercise in EHRs Improves Patient Care, Quality

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3 Barriers to Care Management of Advanced Illness

Caring for those with advanced illness comes with its own set of unique barriers, says Dr. Joseph Agostini, senior medical director of Aetna Medicare, in discussing the Aetna Compassionate Care Program. Primary among them is determining a diagnosis treatment plan, … finish reading 3 Barriers to Care Management of Advanced Illness

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Walgreens Pharmacist-Based Discharge Services Help to Reduce Readmissions

A new pharmacist-based transition of care program brings hospitals and health systems together with Walgreens in a coordinated care model designed to reduce readmission rates and overall healthcare costs, while improving patient health outcomes and medication adherence, according to Walgreens. … finish reading Walgreens Pharmacist-Based Discharge Services Help to Reduce Readmissions

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Medication Beliefs Strongly Affect Individuals’ Management of Chronic Diseases

Nearly half of patients taking medications for chronic conditions do not follow their prescribed medication regimens because of prior beliefs about their necessity and long-term effects and dependency, according to a new report from the University of Missouri. Failure to … finish reading Medication Beliefs Strongly Affect Individuals’ Management of Chronic Diseases

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