Monthly Archives: August 2013

Blood Pressure Control Rates Nearly Double with Kaiser Permanente Program

Single pill combinations and consistent follow-ups with hypertension patients helped improve the rate of blood pressure control by nearly twice as much, according to a study at Kaiser Permanente, as reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). … finish reading Blood Pressure Control Rates Nearly Double with Kaiser Permanente Program

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Navigators Guide Consumers through Health Insurance Marketplace

Designed to help consumers navigate the health insurance marketplaces (HIEs), the HHS has granted $67 million in awards to 105 applicants in federally run and state partnership marketplaces. According to the HHS, these recipients will help Americans who need additional … finish reading Navigators Guide Consumers through Health Insurance Marketplace

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Patient-Clinician Communication Critical During Transitional Care: Study

One in five patients are ending up back in the hospital due to faulty communication between doctors and patients, according to two studies from Yale School of Medicine, and published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine (JHM), and JAMA Internal … finish reading Patient-Clinician Communication Critical During Transitional Care: Study

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Young Adults Value Health Insurance But Can’t Afford It

Nearly half of the 15 million young adults enrolled in a parent’s health plan last year most likely would not have been eligible for coverage without the health reform law’s dependent coverage provision, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey. … finish reading Young Adults Value Health Insurance But Can’t Afford It

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6 Best Practices for Physician Pay-for-Performance Programs

In order to ensure the success of a best practice project for pay-for-performance programs, there are several requirements, including finding a physician to champion and truly lead it, and targeting as large a population as possible, explains Julie Hobson, RN, … finish reading 6 Best Practices for Physician Pay-for-Performance Programs

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Finding the Right Clinicians for Physician-Hospital Organizations (PHOs)

Finding the right physicians is a crucial first step in ensuring a successful PHO, and depends on a number of factors, including the size of the population you want to serve, explains Travis Ansel, MBA, manager of strategic services, and … finish reading Finding the Right Clinicians for Physician-Hospital Organizations (PHOs)

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Telemedicine Consultations Significantly Improve Pediatric Care in Rural Emergency Rooms

Telemedicine consultations with pediatric critical-care medicine physicians significantly improve the quality of care for seriously ill and injured children treated in remote rural emergency rooms (ERs), where pediatricians and pediatric specialists are scarce, according to a study by researchers at … finish reading Telemedicine Consultations Significantly Improve Pediatric Care in Rural Emergency Rooms

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Florida’s Hospitals Five-Year Results: Reduced Readmissions, Cost

Statewide quality initiatives have resulted in significant improvement in participating hospitals across Florida over the past five years, according to a new report by the Florida Hospital Association (FHA). Among the results from the first five years of the quality … finish reading Florida’s Hospitals Five-Year Results: Reduced Readmissions, Cost

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Study Shows Public Funding for Behavioral Health Treatment Critical in Tough Times

A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows the importance of public funding for mental health services and substance abuse during difficult economic times, when it helps those who might otherwise be unable to … finish reading Study Shows Public Funding for Behavioral Health Treatment Critical in Tough Times

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Survey Shows 75 Percent of Independent Physicians Unacquainted with Accountable Care

Results from Athena Health’s fourth annual Physician Sentiment Index™ (PSI) exposed a general sense of unfamiliarity with the accountable care model among physicians. Nearly 75 percent of physicians surveyed have either only “heard of” or are “somewhat familiar with” an … finish reading Survey Shows 75 Percent of Independent Physicians Unacquainted with Accountable Care

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