Category Archives: Incentives

Physician Thought Leaders of Tomorrow Must Be Willing to “Rock the Boat”

What kind of individuals are best equipped to engage and lead other physicians in the coming years? Those who are willing to “rock the boat,” and then hold on to the sides of the boat even as it sinks, says … finish reading Physician Thought Leaders of Tomorrow Must Be Willing to “Rock the Boat”

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CMS to Test Models for Beneficiary Engagement, Incentives, Behavioral Insights

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are seeking input on models to increase engagement among multiple beneficiary populations in health self-management in order to generate better care and better health at lower costs. The Center for Medicare and … finish reading CMS to Test Models for Beneficiary Engagement, Incentives, Behavioral Insights

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Benefit-Based Incentives Remain Top Draws for Health and Wellness Participation

While benefit-based incentives, like health insurance premium reductions, generate significant employee interest, gift cards and even cash continue to motivate employees to take better care of themselves, according to market research from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN). Healthcare companies have … finish reading Benefit-Based Incentives Remain Top Draws for Health and Wellness Participation

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Managed Care Reduces Hospitalizations in Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia

Elderly nursing home residents with advanced dementia who were enrolled in a Medicare managed care insurance plan were more likely to have do-not-hospitalize orders and less likely to be hospitalized for acute illness than those residents enrolled in traditional Medicare, … finish reading Managed Care Reduces Hospitalizations in Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia

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Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid: Characteristics, Healthcare Spending, and Evolving Policies

In 2009, the federal and state governments spent a total of more than $250 billion on healthcare benefits for the 9 million low-income elderly or disabled people who are jointly enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. A report by CBO examines … finish reading Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid: Characteristics, Healthcare Spending, and Evolving Policies

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Inconsistencies of Quality Care Measures Prevalent with EHRs: Study

Researchers from the Weill Cornell Medical College have identified ways to improve the quality of measurements from EHRs, which are designed to document clinical care of individual patients. The cross-sectional study in New York State found that the accuracy of … finish reading Inconsistencies of Quality Care Measures Prevalent with EHRs: Study

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More Than Half of Physicians’ Use of EHRs Improves Patient Care: Study

Commercially available electronic health records (EHRs) improve patient care in community-based settings with multiple payors in four areas, including diabetes testing and breast cancer screening, according to a new study from Weill Cornell Medical College researchers. The study, conducted with … finish reading More Than Half of Physicians’ Use of EHRs Improves Patient Care: Study

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High-Quality Care Can Be 14 Percent More Affordable on Average, But with Local Variations

High-quality medical care can be about 14 percent more affordable on average, with significant local variations, according to a new report from UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Health Reform & Modernization. Using data from nearly 250,000 U.S. physicians serving commercially insured … finish reading High-Quality Care Can Be 14 Percent More Affordable on Average, But with Local Variations

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Alternative Payment Model Lowers Medical Spending, Improves Care

A global budget program, an alternative to traditonal fee-for-service reimbursement models, can lower the costs of medical spending and improve care quality for patients, according to a study from Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy. The study, culled … finish reading Alternative Payment Model Lowers Medical Spending, Improves Care

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Hospitals’ Stroke-Care Rankings Must Include Stroke Severity: Study

Hospitals’ risk-standardized stroke-care rankings can be unfairly impacted if the severity of strokes are not considered, says a new study from UCLA. Under the ACA, hospitals and medical centers must report their quality-of-care and risk-standardized outcomes for stroke and other … finish reading Hospitals’ Stroke-Care Rankings Must Include Stroke Severity: Study

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