Author Archives: Jackie Lyons

Telemedicine Consultations Significantly Improve Pediatric Care in Rural Emergency Rooms

Telemedicine consultations with pediatric critical-care medicine physicians significantly improve the quality of care for seriously ill and injured children treated in remote rural emergency rooms (ERs), where pediatricians and pediatric specialists are scarce, according to a study by researchers at … finish reading Telemedicine Consultations Significantly Improve Pediatric Care in Rural Emergency Rooms

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Florida’s Hospitals Five-Year Results: Reduced Readmissions, Cost

Statewide quality initiatives have resulted in significant improvement in participating hospitals across Florida over the past five years, according to a new report by the Florida Hospital Association (FHA). Among the results from the first five years of the quality … finish reading Florida’s Hospitals Five-Year Results: Reduced Readmissions, Cost

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Study Shows Public Funding for Behavioral Health Treatment Critical in Tough Times

A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows the importance of public funding for mental health services and substance abuse during difficult economic times, when it helps those who might otherwise be unable to … finish reading Study Shows Public Funding for Behavioral Health Treatment Critical in Tough Times

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Survey Shows 75 Percent of Independent Physicians Unacquainted with Accountable Care

Results from Athena Health’s fourth annual Physician Sentiment Index™ (PSI) exposed a general sense of unfamiliarity with the accountable care model among physicians. Nearly 75 percent of physicians surveyed have either only “heard of” or are “somewhat familiar with” an … finish reading Survey Shows 75 Percent of Independent Physicians Unacquainted with Accountable Care

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Best Practices to Help Health Plans Succeed in the Insurance Exchange Marketplace

Consumer Engagement: The Key to a Successful Exchange, a white paper from Truven Health Analytics™, identifies the challenges health plans will face as dozens of new public and private exchanges become available, and provides a path to developing effective go-to-market … finish reading Best Practices to Help Health Plans Succeed in the Insurance Exchange Marketplace

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HCI3 Releases Report on Bundled Payment Healthcare Reimbursement Progress

Efforts to change the way healthcare providers are compensated in the U.S. from fee-for-service to payment for a bundled set of services are well underway according to a new study released at the National Bundled Payment Summit. The independent research … finish reading HCI3 Releases Report on Bundled Payment Healthcare Reimbursement Progress

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New Web-based ROI Tool Demonstrates Return on Investment of Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

The Center for Connected Health (CCH) and the Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) have collaborated on the development of a tool for analyzing the ROI for remote patient monitoring (RPM) technologies, enabling healthcare providers to evaluate the financial benefit … finish reading New Web-based ROI Tool Demonstrates Return on Investment of Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

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Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid: Characteristics, Healthcare Spending, and Evolving Policies

In 2009, the federal and state governments spent a total of more than $250 billion on healthcare benefits for the 9 million low-income elderly or disabled people who are jointly enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. A report by CBO examines … finish reading Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid: Characteristics, Healthcare Spending, and Evolving Policies

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What Raw Numbers of Hospital Readmissions Reveal

Reviewing raw numbers of hospital readmissions rather than just the percentage can make the process of managing rehospitalizations more manageable, notes Joshua Brewster, director of care management at Regions Hospital, a HealthPartners hospital. Regions Hospital not only looks at the … finish reading What Raw Numbers of Hospital Readmissions Reveal

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