Monthly Archives: April 2014

5 Characteristics of a Value-Based Physician Compensation Model

While there is no ‘one size fits all’ physician reimbursement model, some methods, like risk-adjusting populations and ensuring colleague satisfaction, have proven integral in today’s value-based healthcare sphere. Here, Cynthia Kilroy, senior vice president of provider strategy and business development … finish reading 5 Characteristics of a Value-Based Physician Compensation Model

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Marijuana Use May Increase Heart Complications in Young, Middle-Aged Adults

Marijuana may be bad for your heart health, and could even lead to death, especially among young to middle-aged adults, according to a French study reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Several serious cases of cardiovascular complications … finish reading Marijuana Use May Increase Heart Complications in Young, Middle-Aged Adults

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3 Revelations from Stanford Home Visits for High-Risk Patients

Home visits can reveal details that healthcare professionals can’t learn over the phone or in the clinic setting, says Samantha Valcourt, MS, RN, CNS, Stanford Community Care’s clinical nurse specialist, like whether their patient is properly utilizing the cane sitting … finish reading 3 Revelations from Stanford Home Visits for High-Risk Patients

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U.S. Fees for Drugs, Medical Procedures Still Exceed Costs in Surveyed Nations

The United States continues to have the highest fees for drugs and various medical procedures of those countries surveyed for the 2013 Comparative Price Report, according to results from the Data International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP) annual survey of … finish reading U.S. Fees for Drugs, Medical Procedures Still Exceed Costs in Surveyed Nations

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CMS Releases Data on Medicare Providers’ Fees, Services to Mixed Reviews

Reaction to CMS’ public online release of data on services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other healthcare professionals has been mixed. Specifically, the data released last week includes physicians’ names and addresses, summaries of the services … finish reading CMS Releases Data on Medicare Providers’ Fees, Services to Mixed Reviews

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6 Key Telehealth Trends

Remotely monitoring discharged patients through videoconferencing was among the top trends for telehealth in 2013, according to the results of the Healthcare Intelligence Network’s Telehealth survey. Respondents reported improved communication and greater effectiveness in monitoring patients with chronic diseases including … finish reading 6 Key Telehealth Trends

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Physician Quality Reporting and E-Prescribing Use Increasing: CMS

Participation in two key CMS programs, the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program (eRx), increased significantly in 2012, according to the 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Experience Report. These two … finish reading Physician Quality Reporting and E-Prescribing Use Increasing: CMS

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Telemedicine, Home Health Beneficiaries of New Medicare Frontier Payment Program

Enhanced Medicare payments for telemedicine and home health services are among the goals of a new Frontier Community Integration Project Demonstration, according to program FAQs released by the CMS. Critical access hospitals (CAHs) that receive funding through the Rural Hospital … finish reading Telemedicine, Home Health Beneficiaries of New Medicare Frontier Payment Program

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3 Opportunities to Cut Medication Non-Adherence Costs

Healthcare organizations are increasing their efforts to contain medication non-adherence costs by concentrating on care transitions in complex patients, according to the results of HIN’s third annual Medication Adherence e-survey. More than half of responding organizations said they are targeting … finish reading 3 Opportunities to Cut Medication Non-Adherence Costs

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