Monthly Archives: November 2012

Identifying Opportunities in Care Coordination of Dual Eligibles

Coordinating the care of dual eligibles — individuals covered by both Medicare and Medicaid — is a significant business opportunity for healthcare organizations in 2013, advises Hank Osowski, managing director of Strategic Health Group. Today’s dual eligibles constitute about 18 … finish reading Identifying Opportunities in Care Coordination of Dual Eligibles

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90-Day Medication Supply Drives Better Adherence, Reduces Medicaid Costs

When compared to 30-day refills, 90-day medication refills at community pharmacies for Medicaid patients drive greater medication adherence, improved cost savings and generate nominal waste across four therapeutic categories, according to a new Walgreens study. The study’s release comes as … finish reading 90-Day Medication Supply Drives Better Adherence, Reduces Medicaid Costs

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Medicare Rule Prevents Simultaneous Fees for Hospice and SNF

Nursing home residents with advanced dementia who have Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) care cannot receive simultaneous reimbursement for hospice care, resulting in those patients receiving aggressive treatment and hospitalization, according to a new study from Brown University. The Medicare … finish reading Medicare Rule Prevents Simultaneous Fees for Hospice and SNF

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NQF Endorses 10 Behavioral Health Measures

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed 10 quality measures focused on behavioral health, including such issues as alcohol and tobacco abuse, antipsychotic medication adherence, and post care follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness. Behavioral health refers to a state … finish reading NQF Endorses 10 Behavioral Health Measures

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Colorado ACO Yields Big Savings, Reduced Readmissions

A new Colorado ACO proved to be beneficial in its first year of operation, yielding significant cost savings, quality of care, patient outcomes, and utilization of services, according to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. In an … finish reading Colorado ACO Yields Big Savings, Reduced Readmissions

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