Monthly Archives: November 2013

3 Recommendations for Funding New Team-Based Healthcare Models

Physician-led, team-based models of care are the future of healthcare, according to the AMA, as evidenced by its successes in such healthcare organizations as Mayo Clinic, Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente. With increasing numbers of large integrated … finish reading 3 Recommendations for Funding New Team-Based Healthcare Models

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Aetna, CMOH Launch First Oncology Medical Home

Designed to increase treatment coordination, and improve quality outcomes and costs for cancer patients, Aetna and Consultants in Medical Oncology and Hematology, PC (CMOH) have launched a first-of-its-kind patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model for oncology. The collaboration combines evidence-based decision … finish reading Aetna, CMOH Launch First Oncology Medical Home

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6 Keys to a Successful Care Management Program for Dual Eligibles

Developing a communication hub is critical to a successful care coordination plan for dual eligibles, says Timothy C. Schwab, MD, FACP, former chief medical officer of SCAN Health Plan. It ensures that all members of the immediate and long-term support … finish reading 6 Keys to a Successful Care Management Program for Dual Eligibles

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Tech-Savvy Seniors Seek Digital Tools to Manage Health

More than half of seniors 65 years and older are seeking digital options for managing their health services remotely, according to a new Accenture survey. Although many seniors want access to healthcare technology, such as virtual physician consultations (42 percent) … finish reading Tech-Savvy Seniors Seek Digital Tools to Manage Health

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Staying on Medication May Not Lower Hospital Readmissions

High-risk heart failure patients receiving nursing intervention were four times as likely to take their medication, but their hospital readmission rates were not impacted, according to a study at Duke Medicine. To find out why patients skip their medications, and … finish reading Staying on Medication May Not Lower Hospital Readmissions

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New CMS Data Sharing Tool Provides Remote Access to Medicare Data

Designed to make the healthcare system more transparent and accountable, CMS’s new Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC) promises secure, timely access to data at a lower cost, according to CMS. Part of the administration’s Big Data Research and Development Initiative, … finish reading New CMS Data Sharing Tool Provides Remote Access to Medicare Data

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United States Has Higher Medical Costs, Worse Outcomes Than Other Developed Countries

The prices of drugs, medical devices and hospital costs have driven up the costs of healthcare in this country over the last decade — prices that doctors, patients and insurers rarely know until the money has been spent, according to … finish reading United States Has Higher Medical Costs, Worse Outcomes Than Other Developed Countries

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7 Ways for Case Managers to Engage Members Telephonically

Telephonic outreach by healthcare case managers helps to bridge the care divide, supporting and improving the health of vulnerable and high-risk populations, says Jay Hale, LPC, CEAP, director of quality improvement and clinical operations at Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA). … finish reading 7 Ways for Case Managers to Engage Members Telephonically

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BCBSM-Munson Contract Embraces Value-Based Reimbursement Approach

Munson Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) are launching a new value-based hospital reimbursement agreement in northern Michigan designed to improve patient care and medical outcomes while also enhancing efficiency and holding down the cost of care. … finish reading BCBSM-Munson Contract Embraces Value-Based Reimbursement Approach

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The Doctor Will Text You Now: Post-ER Follow-Up That Works

Diabetic patients treated in the emergency department who were enrolled in a program sending daily automatic text messages improved their level of control over their diabetes and their medication adherence, according to a study from the Keck School of Medicine … finish reading The Doctor Will Text You Now: Post-ER Follow-Up That Works

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