Category Archives: Healthcare IT

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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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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Technology ‘Fun Factor’ Engages Patients in Population Health

Engaging patients in population health management can be as easy as making personalized messaging, dashboards for tracking progress, and mobile phones and tablets available to patients, says Patricia Curran, principal in Buck Consultants’ National Clinical Practice, which also helps to … finish reading Technology ‘Fun Factor’ Engages Patients in Population Health

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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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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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Physician Quality Reporting and E-Prescribing Use Increasing: CMS

Participation in two key CMS programs, the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program (eRx), increased significantly in 2012, according to the 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Experience Report. These two … finish reading Physician Quality Reporting and E-Prescribing Use Increasing: CMS

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Telemedicine Expands Access to Acute Medical Care

People who are younger, more affluent and do not have established healthcare relationships are more likely to use a telemedicine program that allows them to get medical help — including prescriptions — by talking to a doctor over the telephone, … finish reading Telemedicine Expands Access to Acute Medical Care

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