Monthly Archives: October 2013

Doctors Likely to Accept New Medicaid Patients as Coverage Expands

Doctors are likely to accept new Medicaid patients as coverage expands, but they may not accept patients who remain uninsured, according to a study from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Researchers analyzed data from a long-term, nationwide study of changes in … finish reading Doctors Likely to Accept New Medicaid Patients as Coverage Expands

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Clinical Analytics Deliver Patient, Population Health Insights

Advanced clinical analytics technologies from Optum are supporting population health management and accountable care strategies at Mercy and HealthEast Care System, according to the United Health Group. Mercy, the nation’s sixth-largest Catholic healthcare system, and HealthEast, the largest locally owned … finish reading Clinical Analytics Deliver Patient, Population Health Insights

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How WellCare Closed 4 Socially Based Care Gaps

Imagine, if you will, a family of six living in a 1,100-square foot home in rural United States. Mom and Dad work two part-time jobs, their daughter is 19 and pregnant for the second time; her 10-year-old twin brothers have … finish reading How WellCare Closed 4 Socially Based Care Gaps

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5 Trends in Healthcare Include Antibiotic Overuse, Childhood Obesity Strategies: NCQA

Childhood obesity and overuse of antibiotics are among the five trends healthcare advocates are targeting, according to the State of Health Care Quality Report 2013 from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Overuse of antibiotics is still a concern … finish reading 5 Trends in Healthcare Include Antibiotic Overuse, Childhood Obesity Strategies: NCQA

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Study: Patient Activation Linked to Lower Readmissions

Patient activation — or having the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to manage one’s health — leads to better health following hospital discharge, and lower readmission rates, according to researchers from the Boston Medical Center. Researchers used the Patient Activation … finish reading Study: Patient Activation Linked to Lower Readmissions

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Prescription Drug Use Among Medicare Patients Highly Inconsistent

Prescription drug use of both effective and risky drugs among Medicare patients varies throughout the United States, showing that location plays an important role in the quality and cost of medical care patients receive, according to a new report from … finish reading Prescription Drug Use Among Medicare Patients Highly Inconsistent

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Michigan Value Cooperative Targets Hospital Costs, Outcomes

A new initiative aimed at helping hospitals across the state understand their practice patterns compared with their peers, better manage costs and improve outcomes for patients has been launched by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network, and … finish reading Michigan Value Cooperative Targets Hospital Costs, Outcomes

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2 Standards of Care for Managing a Diabetic Population

Utilizing EHRs and closely identifying and managing patients who have missed appointments for hemoglobin A1C are two standards of care employed by Hudson River HealthCare (HRHC), a network of 16 FQHCs that use a patient-centered team of healthcare professionals to … finish reading 2 Standards of Care for Managing a Diabetic Population

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Small Business Owners Value Choice of Plans for Employees

More than half of small business owners who currently provide their employees with health benefits are willing to offer a choice of health plans while paying a fixed cost, as long as the employee pays extra for a more expensive … finish reading Small Business Owners Value Choice of Plans for Employees

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Children More Likely to Get Preventive Care When Parents Use Online Health Tools

Parents of young children who used integrated personal health records (PHRs) were more likely to get their children the nationally recommended number of preventive care visits, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in The Journal of Pediatrics. Children up … finish reading Children More Likely to Get Preventive Care When Parents Use Online Health Tools

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