Monthly Archives: December 2012

Barriers to Primary Care After Hours Lead to ER Overuse, Neglected Medical Care

Patients who can’t reach their primary care physicians after hours are more likely to go to the ED, or go without medical care, according to a study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC). Funded by the National … finish reading Barriers to Primary Care After Hours Lead to ER Overuse, Neglected Medical Care

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Primary Care Physicians Play Vital Role with Diabetic Patients

Primary care physicians (PCPs) provide better care to diabetic patients than other providers in primary care settings because they are more likely to alter medications and provide lifestyle counseling, according to a study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). The … finish reading Primary Care Physicians Play Vital Role with Diabetic Patients

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Employer Health Insurance Premiums Increased 62 Percent from 2003 to 2011

The average premium for an employer-sponsored family health insurance plan increased 62 percent between 2003 and 2011, from $9,249 to $15,022 per year, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. The report, which tracks state trends in employer health insurance … finish reading Employer Health Insurance Premiums Increased 62 Percent from 2003 to 2011

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Most Americans Living Longer, But Not Necessarily Healthier

Americans are living longer given increasing medical advances, but these advances can’t offset Americans’ unhealthy lifestyles, according to United Health Foundation’s 2012 America’s Health Rankings®. Rates of premature, cardiovascular (CV) and cancer deaths have declined since 1990 by 18 percent, … finish reading Most Americans Living Longer, But Not Necessarily Healthier

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Survivorship Key Challenge for Case Management in 2013

Oncology case managers, like Sheryl Riley, RN, OCN, CMCN, and managing partner at Clarion LLC, have long accepted that a majority of their patients will not survive. But advanced medical procedures are creating greater numbers of survivors, and a new … finish reading Survivorship Key Challenge for Case Management in 2013

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Report: Healthcare Payment Reform Could Save U.S. up to $600 Billion in Coming Decade

Americans could save between $200 and $600 billion cumulatively over the next 10 years if care provider payment incentives are reformed, including moving away from the traditional FFS model, according to a new working paper by UnitedHealth Group’s Center for … finish reading Report: Healthcare Payment Reform Could Save U.S. up to $600 Billion in Coming Decade

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25 to 31 Million Americans Receive Care Through ACOs: Study

Almost 10 percent of U.S. patients receive their healthcare from an ACO, and almost half live in areas served by at least one ACO, according to a new study from Oliver Wyman. This means that ACOs have significantly grown in … finish reading 25 to 31 Million Americans Receive Care Through ACOs: Study

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6 Success Factors in Reducing Readmissions

By risk-stratifying patients at high risk for hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations into a coordinated, multi-disciplinarian program, HealthCare Partners Medical Group of California has greatly reduced hospital readmissions for its patients, explains Dr. Stuart Levine, the organization’s corporate medical director. Here he … finish reading 6 Success Factors in Reducing Readmissions

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Public Hospitals Adopt 6 Strategies to Respond to Growing Capacity and Financial Pressures

Expanding primary care access, attracting privately insured patients and ensuring financial payments are some of the strategies public hospitals have used to accommodate the growing number of uninsured and Medicaid patients, according to a study from the Center for Studying … finish reading Public Hospitals Adopt 6 Strategies to Respond to Growing Capacity and Financial Pressures

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Oncology-Specific EMRs Improve Patient Care and Safety

Using oncology-specific EMRs to chart evidence-based treatment plans has improved patient care and quality, according to a clincians at The Mount Sinai Hospital. The EMRs, Epic’s Beacon module system, designed specifically for cancer treatment, enable drugs to be prescribed and … finish reading Oncology-Specific EMRs Improve Patient Care and Safety

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