Category Archives: electronic health records (EHRs)

Evidence-Based Care, Obesity Among 15 ‘Vital Signs’ for Monitoring Nation’s Health: IOM Report

Tracking 15 core measures, including evidence-based care and obesity, are crucial for assessing and monitoring the nation’s health, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Progress in these vital signs—or core measures— should reduce the burden … finish reading Evidence-Based Care, Obesity Among 15 ‘Vital Signs’ for Monitoring Nation’s Health: IOM Report

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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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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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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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8 Percent Fewer ER Visits for Patients Treated in Patient-Centered Medical Home

Patient-centered medical Homes (PCMHs) reduce emergency department visits for the chronically ill by nearly 8 percent, according to a study authored by Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services (CTI), and published by Health Services Research. … finish reading 8 Percent Fewer ER Visits for Patients Treated in Patient-Centered Medical Home

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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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Culture of Population Health Management Key to Medical Home Success

While electronic health records are integral to patient-centered medical homes’ success, the new roles and relationships of providers and staff may be even more important in driving quality improvement, according to a study funded by the Commonwealth Fund. Given the … finish reading Culture of Population Health Management Key to Medical Home Success

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New Hospital to Home Initiative Improves Strategies to Prevent Readmissions

Participation in a new hospital to home quality improvement initiative has helped to improve hospital readmission strategies, including tracking discharged patients and partnering with local hospitals, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers from the American College … finish reading New Hospital to Home Initiative Improves Strategies to Prevent Readmissions

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ACOs’ Medication Readiness Falling Short of Quality, Cost Goals

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have not yet developed the capabilities to leverage optimal medication use to achieve quality care and reduce overall costs, according to a study by researchers from the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), the American Medical Group Association … finish reading ACOs’ Medication Readiness Falling Short of Quality, Cost Goals

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There’s No Place Like Home Visits to Address Safety, Care Concerns

Three-fourths of healthcare organizations visit some percentage of their patients or health plan members in their homes, according to new market data from the Healthcare Intelligence Network, in order to keep patients safer and healthier and to keep readmissions and … finish reading There’s No Place Like Home Visits to Address Safety, Care Concerns

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