Monthly Archives: July 2013

Researchers Favor Population Health Management Approach for Monitoring Diabetes

Providers need to reexamine certain diabetes monitoring practices that solely target acute individuals, and instead take a population health management approach to improving diabetes care, according to a Phytel study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. Researchers at … finish reading Researchers Favor Population Health Management Approach for Monitoring Diabetes

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Workplace Health Coverage Falls, Despite Economic Recovery

Despite economic data showing that the recession is over, the percentage of workers with health benefits still remains low, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). Links between the employment rate and health insurance … finish reading Workplace Health Coverage Falls, Despite Economic Recovery

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4 Key Features of the Pioneer ACO Model

One of the key features of the Pioneer program, and one that differentiates it from the Medicare Shared Savings Program, is that it is accountable for all Medicare A and B benefits, says Emily Brower, executive director of accountable care … finish reading 4 Key Features of the Pioneer ACO Model

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New CMS Mobile Apps Boost Financial Transparency Between Physicians and Healthcare Users

Two free mobile apps designed to increase financial transparency among physicians and healthcare users are now available from CMS, officials have stated. As part of the government’s Open Payments program, the apps are designed to create greater public transparency about … finish reading New CMS Mobile Apps Boost Financial Transparency Between Physicians and Healthcare Users

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AHA Recognizes 8 Hospitals for Innovative Palliative Care Programs

Offering yoga and meditation to caregivers before the start of clinical meetings were among innovations in palliative care recognized by the American Hospital Association. Three palliative care programs that provide patient-centered, innovative end-of-life care received the 2013 Circle of Life … finish reading AHA Recognizes 8 Hospitals for Innovative Palliative Care Programs

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2 Community Based Approaches to Reducing Readmissions

There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to reducing readmissions, says Alicia Goroski, MPH, senior project director for care transitions for the Colorado Foundations of Medical Care (CFMC), the national coordinator for the QIO effort. Instead, it’s important to … finish reading 2 Community Based Approaches to Reducing Readmissions

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More Than One Quarter Pioneer ACOs to Leave Program: CMS

Seven of 32 provider groups that signed up for the Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) program sponsored by CMS did not produce savings and are switching to the Medicare Shared Saving Program (MSSP), according to the CMS. Two other Pioneer … finish reading More Than One Quarter Pioneer ACOs to Leave Program: CMS

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3 Key Factors Drive Rapid Growth of Urgent Care Centers

Consumer demand for convenient access to care for illnesses and injuries is driving the rapid growth of urgent care centers across the country, according to a new qualitative study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) for the … finish reading 3 Key Factors Drive Rapid Growth of Urgent Care Centers

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Healthcare Experts Recommend 5 Strategies to Minimize Overuse of 5 Treatments

A series of five recommendations could reduce five medical interventions or treatments that are commonly used but not always necessary, according to a paper released by The Joint Commission and the American Medical Association-Convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement ® … finish reading Healthcare Experts Recommend 5 Strategies to Minimize Overuse of 5 Treatments

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6 Steps Could Cut Heart Failure Readmissions

Researchers have identified six steps hospital staff can do to help heart failure patients avoid readmittance to the hospital within 30 days after they’re discharged, according to research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. While … finish reading 6 Steps Could Cut Heart Failure Readmissions

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