Category Archives: Cardiac Care

Mental Health Disorders Complicate Standards for Readmissions

Co-existing psychiatric illness should be considered in assessing hospital readmissions for three common medical conditions used by Medicare and Medicaid to penalize hospitals with “excessive” readmission rates: heart failure, acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and pneumonia, according to a new collaborative … finish reading Mental Health Disorders Complicate Standards for Readmissions

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Blue Cross Alternative Quality Contract Lowers Costs, Improves Patient Care: Study

A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) Alternative Quality Contract (AQC) improved quality of patient care and lowered costs in the four years since it was implemented, according to an independent study by Harvard Medical School published in … finish reading Blue Cross Alternative Quality Contract Lowers Costs, Improves Patient Care: Study

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Community Pharmacist Intervention Boosts Medication Adherence, Reduces Healthcare Costs: Study

Community pharmacists can take a greater role in helping their patients adhere to their medication regimens, leading to a reduction in emergency room (ER) visits and hospital admissions, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of … finish reading Community Pharmacist Intervention Boosts Medication Adherence, Reduces Healthcare Costs: Study

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Applying Big Data to Readmissions, High-Cost Patients Can Reduce Healthcare Costs

As many as one third of all readmissions may be preventable, providing a significant opportunity for reducing healthcare costs if big data, or clinical analytics, are applied, according to a new study conducted at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and … finish reading Applying Big Data to Readmissions, High-Cost Patients Can Reduce Healthcare Costs

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Anthem-HealthCare Partners ACO Saved More Than $4 Million in 2013

California-based Anthem Blue Cross and HealthCare Partners’ Accountable Care Organization (ACO) saved $4.7 million during the first six months of 2013, HealthCare Partners announced. The ACO, established in late 2012, is notable because it includes approximately 55,000 preferred provider organization … finish reading Anthem-HealthCare Partners ACO Saved More Than $4 Million in 2013

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Data Dive Uncovers Socioeconomics Driving ER Visits, Readmissions

By diving deep into existing data, officials at John C. Lincoln Network accountable care organization (ACO) realized the primary cause of readmissions for a subset of patients wasn’t inaccessible primary care, but lack of food. Patients were going to the … finish reading Data Dive Uncovers Socioeconomics Driving ER Visits, Readmissions

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Frequent Home Visits Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions, Improve Survival

Frequent home visits combined with multidisciplinary heart failure clinic interventions can reduce hospital readmission and improve survival for patients with heart failure, according to research from RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The number and … finish reading Frequent Home Visits Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions, Improve Survival

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Telestroke and eICU Part of Nation’s First Telemedicine Care Center

An around-the-clock telestroke program and an electronic intensive care unit (eICU) are among the telemedicine services planned for the country’s first virtual care center at the Missouri-based Mercy, officials said. The four-story, 120,000-square-foot center will open in 2015 and accommodate … finish reading Telestroke and eICU Part of Nation’s First Telemedicine Care Center

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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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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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