Category Archives: Diabetes

Cigna Collaborative Care Reduced Avoidable ER Visits by 16 Percent

Cigna’s second-year results from a collaborative care initiative with Granite Healthcare Network (GHN) reveals significant progress in improved health and affordability, and decreased avoidable emergency room (ER) visits by 16 percent, according to Cigna officials. Cigna Collaborative Care, a partnership … finish reading Cigna Collaborative Care Reduced Avoidable ER Visits by 16 Percent

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Cultural Competency Between Case Manager and Patient Breeds Engagement, Retention

Communicating with vulnerable patients effectively, whether it’s about medication non-adherence, or simply what is or isn’t working, requires a certain level of cultural competency between the case manager and patient, says Jay Hale, LPC, CEAP, director of quality improvement and … finish reading Cultural Competency Between Case Manager and Patient Breeds Engagement, Retention

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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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Geisinger: Diabetes Care Bundle Produces Better Health Outcomes

An all-or-none or “bundled” approach to primary care deployed by Geisinger Health System for patients with diabetes produced better health outcomes, and the benefits happened quickly, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care. The study … finish reading Geisinger: Diabetes Care Bundle Produces Better Health Outcomes

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Care Managers in Medical Homes Contribute to Improved Diabetes Outcomes

Patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) are an effective way to help care for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, and placing care managers in them further improve patient outcomes for high-risk diabetes patients, according to a study conducted at Joslin … finish reading Care Managers in Medical Homes Contribute to Improved Diabetes Outcomes

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Patient Portal Use Improved Medication Adherence, Health Outcomes

Diabetics who used an online patient portal to refill medications increased their medication adherence and improved their cholesterol levels, according to a new study in the journal Medical Care. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded researchers from Kaiser Permanente … finish reading Patient Portal Use Improved Medication Adherence, Health Outcomes

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Diabetics Who Use Mail Order Pharmacies Less Likely to Visit ER: Study

Contrary to concerns, diabetic patients who received heart medications by mail were less likely to visit the emergency room than those who picked up prescriptions in person, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in the American Journal of … finish reading Diabetics Who Use Mail Order Pharmacies Less Likely to Visit ER: Study

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The Doctor Will Text You Now: Post-ER Follow-Up That Works

Diabetic patients treated in the emergency department who were enrolled in a program sending daily automatic text messages improved their level of control over their diabetes and their medication adherence, according to a study from the Keck School of Medicine … finish reading The Doctor Will Text You Now: Post-ER Follow-Up That Works

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2 Standards of Care for Managing a Diabetic Population

Utilizing EHRs and closely identifying and managing patients who have missed appointments for hemoglobin A1C are two standards of care employed by Hudson River HealthCare (HRHC), a network of 16 FQHCs that use a patient-centered team of healthcare professionals to … finish reading 2 Standards of Care for Managing a Diabetic Population

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