Monthly Archives: May 2013

Patient Surveys Can Help Improve Quality of Life, Outcomes

Completing a quality-of-life questionnaire at a healthcare provider’s office could help patients live longer and better, according to a statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). Patient surveys can help reveal depression, which can significantly worsen cardiovascular (CV) health, but … finish reading Patient Surveys Can Help Improve Quality of Life, Outcomes

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Despite New Recommendations, Women in 40s Get Routine Mammograms At Same Rate

Despite recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to postpone mammography screenings until age 50, younger women continue to undergo the routine breast cancer test, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. The fact that insurance companies continue to pay … finish reading Despite New Recommendations, Women in 40s Get Routine Mammograms At Same Rate

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Prescription Drug Costs Among Top Concerns for Medicare Beneficiaries

Prescription drug costs are among the top concerns for more than one-third of Medicare Part D beneficiaries, with one in five admitting they’ve had to delay filling a prescription or skip doses to help manage medication costs, according to a … finish reading Prescription Drug Costs Among Top Concerns for Medicare Beneficiaries

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Joint Commission to Offer Behavioral Health Home Certification Option in 2014

The Joint Commission will offer a new Behavioral Health Home Certification option beginning in January 2014, as part of a nationwide effort to expand and improve healthcare services. Behavioral health homes integrate physical and behavioral healthcare services to provide treatment … finish reading Joint Commission to Offer Behavioral Health Home Certification Option in 2014

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7 Key Consumer Engagement Objectives

To transform a healthcare system to an effective, efficient and affordable system, it’s not enough to enlist the efforts of the physicians and hospital, says Jay Driggers, director of consumer engagement at Horizon BCBS-NJ. Consumer participation is an equal part … finish reading 7 Key Consumer Engagement Objectives

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Report: Rising Severity of Illness Among Medicare Patients Treated in EDs

Today’s Medicare patients are sicker and have more chronic illnesses, and are driving up the costs of emergency department (ED) care, according to a new report by the American Hospital Association (AHA). Between 2006 and 2010, the severity of illness … finish reading Report: Rising Severity of Illness Among Medicare Patients Treated in EDs

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More Advance Directives Could Better Manage End of Life Care, Medical Costs

End-of-life care issues need to become an integral part of the public health agenda, according to a new article from the American Journal of Public Health by two Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty. They point to the … finish reading More Advance Directives Could Better Manage End of Life Care, Medical Costs

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Impact of Tailored Coaching on Patient Activation

Achieving real cost containment or quality improvement is difficult unless patients and consumers become more active, informed and engaged, says Dr. Judith Hibbard, the professor of health policy at the University of Oregon and the developer of PAM, the Patient … finish reading Impact of Tailored Coaching on Patient Activation

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Consumers Beware: Hospital Data Exposes Cost Variations Across Country, Within Communities

Consumers can now get an up close look at what hospitals are charging them, according to a new three-part initiative from CMS designed to give healthcare patients more price transparency. The new data shows significant variations across the country and … finish reading Consumers Beware: Hospital Data Exposes Cost Variations Across Country, Within Communities

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Proposed ‘Medicare Essential’ Plan Could Save Billions, Simplify Benefits and Lower Premiums

A proposed Medicare plan that combines hospital, physician, and prescription drug coverage with private supplemental coverage into one health plan could produce savings of $180 billion over a decade and improve care for beneficiaries, according to a new study by … finish reading Proposed ‘Medicare Essential’ Plan Could Save Billions, Simplify Benefits and Lower Premiums

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