Monthly Archives: January 2013

1 Out of 3 Patients Hospitalized for Heart Conditions, Pneumonia Readmitted Within 15 Days

Almost 3 million Medicare patients hospitalized for heart failure (HF), heart attack, or pneumonia were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days, and a majority were readmitted within 15 days, according to a study from Columbia University Medical Center and … finish reading 1 Out of 3 Patients Hospitalized for Heart Conditions, Pneumonia Readmitted Within 15 Days

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Price Transparency Doesn’t Influence How Physicians Order High-Cost Medical Tests: Study

Doctors don’t let the high cost of some medical tests influence their decisions to use them, according to a study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Researchers found that revealing the costs of MRIs and other imaging tests up … finish reading Price Transparency Doesn’t Influence How Physicians Order High-Cost Medical Tests: Study

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Most States Enhancing Technology to Streamline Medicaid Eligibility, Modernize Enrollment Systems

Nearly all states are taking steps to develop faster, streamlined Medicaid enrollment systems, even if they choose to opt out of Medicaid expansion, according to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. As of … finish reading Most States Enhancing Technology to Streamline Medicaid Eligibility, Modernize Enrollment Systems

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Telehealth to Reach 1.8 Million Patients by 2017; Diabetes Cases in Majority

Telehealth could reach as many as 1.8 million patients worldwide by 2017, as more and more healthcare organizations use it as a means toward reducing readmission rates and tracking disease progression, according to a report from InMedica, a division of … finish reading Telehealth to Reach 1.8 Million Patients by 2017; Diabetes Cases in Majority

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3 Recommendations for Avoiding Readmissions Penalties

Arming yourself with as much of your own readmissions data as possible is the first step in reducing readmissions and avoiding penalties, says Amy Boutwell, MD, MPP, president of Collaborative Healthcare Strategies, and co-founder of the IHI STAAR (State Action … finish reading 3 Recommendations for Avoiding Readmissions Penalties

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Half of New CMS ACOs are Physician-Led

Nearly half of the 106 newly established CMS ACOs are physician-led organizations, according to the HHS. The new ACOs represent a diverse cross-section of physician practices across the country serving 10,000 beneficiaries. One out of five ACOs represent community health … finish reading Half of New CMS ACOs are Physician-Led

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Home Visits Curb Avoidable ER Use

Treating the emergency room as your primary care provider? If you’re a UPMC Health Plan member, you can expect a home visit from the health plan’s community teams of nurses and social workers. Community teams visit these members at home … finish reading Home Visits Curb Avoidable ER Use

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1 in 3 Americans Admit to Going Online for Medical Advice: Survey

The Internet has become a second medical opinion for many Americans, and even a first for some, according to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. One in three U.S. adults admit that they … finish reading 1 in 3 Americans Admit to Going Online for Medical Advice: Survey

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Modernizing Medicare, Medicaid Could Reduce Debt and Improve Care for Dual Eligibles

Modernizing Medicare and Medicaid could improve patient health and save the federal government $542 billion over the next ten years, according to a new report by UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Health Reform & Modernization. Lawmakers have come up with a … finish reading Modernizing Medicare, Medicaid Could Reduce Debt and Improve Care for Dual Eligibles

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Inconsistencies of Quality Care Measures Prevalent with EHRs: Study

Researchers from the Weill Cornell Medical College have identified ways to improve the quality of measurements from EHRs, which are designed to document clinical care of individual patients. The cross-sectional study in New York State found that the accuracy of … finish reading Inconsistencies of Quality Care Measures Prevalent with EHRs: Study

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