Monthly Archives: December 2014

Enhanced Medical Home for High-Risk Children Dramatically Reduces Hospital Costs, Illnesses

High-risk children suffering from chronic diseases who received comprehensive care at a special clinic at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) experienced dramatic reductions in both serious illnesses and hospital costs, according to a study recently … finish reading Enhanced Medical Home for High-Risk Children Dramatically Reduces Hospital Costs, Illnesses

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ACO Data Tools Help Boost Prevention, Medication Compliance, Performance Results

By using as many data tools as possible, including EPIC® and MyChart®, and having physicians or their medical assistants contact patients directly if they missed medical appointments or shots, John C. Lincoln Network was able to significantly boost medical compliance … finish reading ACO Data Tools Help Boost Prevention, Medication Compliance, Performance Results

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Medicaid Medical Home Cuts 30-Day Readmissions, Healthcare Costs, Increases Follow-Up Visits

Since its implementation in 2012, a medical home for Medicaid patients showed a 130.4 percent increase in timely patient follow-up visits, a 25 percent decrease in 30-day hospital readmissions, and a decrease in the overall cost of care for each … finish reading Medicaid Medical Home Cuts 30-Day Readmissions, Healthcare Costs, Increases Follow-Up Visits

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Physician Thought Leaders of Tomorrow Must Be Willing to “Rock the Boat”

What kind of individuals are best equipped to engage and lead other physicians in the coming years? Those who are willing to “rock the boat,” and then hold on to the sides of the boat even as it sinks, says … finish reading Physician Thought Leaders of Tomorrow Must Be Willing to “Rock the Boat”

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Walgreens Expands Telehealth Platform to Offer Virtual Visits via Mobile App

The doctor is always in. Walgreens’ Web site users can now access board-certified doctors 24/7 through its mobile app, given the drugstore chain’s newest collaboration with MDLIVE, a provider of telehealth services. The collaboration aims to transform retail digital healthcare … finish reading Walgreens Expands Telehealth Platform to Offer Virtual Visits via Mobile App

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5 Documentation Requirements for Chronic Care Management Reimbursement

To be properly reimbursed by Medicare for select chronic care management (CCM) services not previously eligible for payment, documenting all conditions and satisfying requirements is critical, including the most challenging requirement, the ’20 minutes a month’ rule, says Rick Hindman, … finish reading 5 Documentation Requirements for Chronic Care Management Reimbursement

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CMS Hopes to Entice More ACOs with Proposed Risk, Rewards Models

Attempting to attract more accountable care organizations (ACOs) to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) without fearing penalties, CMS has released a set of proposed rules with updated penalties and incentives, plus a third new model to attract … finish reading CMS Hopes to Entice More ACOs with Proposed Risk, Rewards Models

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Data Science, Stratification Drives Patient-Centric Care, Quality Outcomes

Determining risk stratification can be arbitrary, unless patients are placed at the center of care and surrounded with data science and resources, whether it’s case managers, risk managers, registries, or more, says Mark Green, system AVP of transition management at … finish reading Data Science, Stratification Drives Patient-Centric Care, Quality Outcomes

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