Monthly Archives: February 2013

Medication Adherence During Care Transitions Getting Closer Look

While complex patients have long been targets of medication adherence programs, research is showing that patients transitioning from one care facility to another are driving up healthcare costs associated with non-adherence, because of the gaps and resulting errors that can … finish reading Medication Adherence During Care Transitions Getting Closer Look

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Healthcare Law Expands ‘Essential Health Benefits’ to Include Mental Health

Comparing and purchasing health coverage plans will be easier for consumers, and states and insurers will have more flexibility and freedom to implement the ACA, according to a final rule from the HHS. The rule outlines health insurance issuer standards … finish reading Healthcare Law Expands ‘Essential Health Benefits’ to Include Mental Health

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California’s Tobacco Control Program Generates Significant Healthcare Savings

California spent $2.4 billion on tobacco control programs since 1998 and reduced healthcare costs by $134 billion, according to a study by UC San Francisco (UCSF). Additionally, the program reduced the sales of cigarette packs by 6.8 billion, amounting to … finish reading California’s Tobacco Control Program Generates Significant Healthcare Savings

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1 in 8 Medicare Patients Readmitted to Hospital Within 30 Days of Surgery: Report

One in eight Medicare patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being released after surgery in 2010, while one in six Medicare patients admitted to hospitals for non-surgical reasons were readmitted within 30 days, according to a … finish reading 1 in 8 Medicare Patients Readmitted to Hospital Within 30 Days of Surgery: Report

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Portal Lets Medicare Beneficiaries Create Personalized Wellness Programs Online

Medicare members can create their own personalized wellness program, including measurable nutrition and fitness goals, according to UnitedHealthcare. The innovative online portal, launched by UnitedHealthcare and Novu, is free to members enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans … finish reading Portal Lets Medicare Beneficiaries Create Personalized Wellness Programs Online

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Patient Navigators Key to New Pilot Aimed at Decreasing Costs, ER Visits

Designed to connect patients to primary care and cut down on no-show rates, unecessary admissions and ER visits, a new patient navigation pilot has been launched by the Highmark Foundation and Accenture at two hospitals in western Pennsylvania: St. Vincent … finish reading Patient Navigators Key to New Pilot Aimed at Decreasing Costs, ER Visits

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Shared Decision-Making Between Patients and Doctors Will Require Investment by Health Systems

Patients and doctors should decide together what medical decisions are right for each patient, according to a RAND Corporation study published in the journal Health Affairs. In order to make medical care more patient-centered, Medicare is encouraging healthcare providers to … finish reading Shared Decision-Making Between Patients and Doctors Will Require Investment by Health Systems

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Study: Rise in Short-Term Hospice Visits by Way of ICU

Hospice care is being increasingly seen as an “add on” to aggressive patterns of care during the last days of life, and it is unclear whether such aggressive care is what patients want, or their families/caregivers want, according to a … finish reading Study: Rise in Short-Term Hospice Visits by Way of ICU

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API Program Allows Mobile App Developers to Leverage Prescription Refill Technology

A new application programming interface (API) that allows third-party mobile app developers to integrate Walgreens’ prescription refill technology is now available, Walgreens officials report. The API enables developers with scanning functionality within their apps to easily integrate the API and … finish reading API Program Allows Mobile App Developers to Leverage Prescription Refill Technology

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Keys to Caring For Dual Eligibles

Key to caring for dual eligibles, who constitute about 9 million individuals in the United States, is, among other things, designing a care management plan that identifies local needs, says Dr. Timothy Schwab, chief medical officer of SCAN Health Plan. … finish reading Keys to Caring For Dual Eligibles

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