Monthly Archives: March 2014

Home Visits One of Four Key Trends in Medication Adherence Initiatives

Home visits are becoming the rule rather than the exception for organizations seeking to improve medication adherence rates. Nearly half (47 percent) of the respondents to HIN’s Medication Adherence in 2013 survey in January 2013 said they checked in with … finish reading Home Visits One of Four Key Trends in Medication Adherence Initiatives

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NCQA Issues 5 New Standards for Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Behavioral health and care management for high-need populations are among the latest updates to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) medical home standards, PCMH 2014, according to NCQA. The standards, which NCQA uses to assess primary care practices (PCPs) … finish reading NCQA Issues 5 New Standards for Patient-Centered Medical Homes

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CMS Pilot to Offer Hospice Patients Both Palliative, Curative Treatments

A new pilot program will give hospice patients more options in the type of care they wish to receive at the end of life, according to CMS. The program, Medicare Care Choices Model, will allow Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancers, … finish reading CMS Pilot to Offer Hospice Patients Both Palliative, Curative Treatments

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3 Ways Hospitals Should Proceed with ACOs

Deciding which physicians you want to partner with, and how you will provide them with an opportunity that’s attractive enough so they will partner with you, is one of the steps hospitals need to take when proceeding with an ACO, … finish reading 3 Ways Hospitals Should Proceed with ACOs

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Proposed Bill Would Ease Readmissions Penalities for Hospitals That Treat Many Dual Eligibles

A proposed bill in the House of Representatives could ease readmissions penalties on hospitals that treat a high percentage of dual eligible patients if it becomes law, according to the office of Rep. Jim Renacci. The bill, “Establishing Beneficiary Equity … finish reading Proposed Bill Would Ease Readmissions Penalities for Hospitals That Treat Many Dual Eligibles

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Care Transitions Prime Opportunity for Patient-Centric Case Management

Hospital-to-home or hospital-to-nursing home transitions offer a wealth of opportunity for intervention, the first being medication management and medication reconciliation, say Doreen Salek, director of business operations of health services, and Janet Tomcavage, RN, MSN, vice president of health services … finish reading Care Transitions Prime Opportunity for Patient-Centric Case Management

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Post-Surgery Complications Predict Readmissions By As Much as 73 Percent

Complications following surgery are a strong indicator of which patients are likely to be readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days following their procedure, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery. Using an online tool may allow healthcare … finish reading Post-Surgery Complications Predict Readmissions By As Much as 73 Percent

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7 Ways Case Managers Can Engage Vulnerable Members in Telephonic Outreach

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 Case Managers Can Engage Vulnerable Members in Telephonic Outreach

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