Category Archives: Healthcare Costs

Better Communication Key to Lowering Healthcare Costs, Improving Patient Experience: Survey

Strengthening communication between caregivers and patients should be a top priority for reducing healthcare costs and improving patient experience, according to a new poll of U.S. healthcare quality improvement professionals conducted by ASQ, a global network of resources and experts. … finish reading Better Communication Key to Lowering Healthcare Costs, Improving Patient Experience: Survey

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Humana Accountable Care Snapshot: Reduced Readmissions Among Value-Based Results

Improving access to accountable care is one of four improvements Humana disclosed from ongoing programs to improve quality and reduce costs for Medicare beneficiaries, according to Humana. Humana disclosed results to date from initiatives to foster value-based reimbursement in the … finish reading Humana Accountable Care Snapshot: Reduced Readmissions Among Value-Based Results

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‘Next Generation’ ACO Encourages Telehealth, Post-Discharge Home Services: CMS

In another step towards advancing models of care that reward value over volume, HHS announced the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model of payment and care delivery. A new initiative from CMS’s Innovation Center, the model is part of … finish reading ‘Next Generation’ ACO Encourages Telehealth, Post-Discharge Home Services: CMS

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CMS 2015 Impact Assessment of Quality Measures: Healthcare’s Triple Aim Improved

Results from the 2015 National Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report (2015 Impact Report) demonstrate progress in improving healthcare’s Triple Aim, and impacts populations beyond Medicare, according to the CMS. The report is a comprehensive assessment of quality measures used … finish reading CMS 2015 Impact Assessment of Quality Measures: Healthcare’s Triple Aim Improved

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2015 Hospital Market Will Hasten Transition to Value-Based Payment Business Model

The 2015 economic outlook for the hospital industry continues to favor the largest, most geographically diverse health systems in the market, according to a new forecast from BDC Advisors, a national healthcare consulting firm. The positive outlook for large non-profit … finish reading 2015 Hospital Market Will Hasten Transition to Value-Based Payment Business Model

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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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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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