Category Archives: Reducing Healthcare Costs

EDs Seeing More Patients with Complex, Chronic Conditions, Mental Illness; Fewer Injuries

The rate of emergency department (ED) visits in California for non-injuries has risen while the rate of visits for injuries has dropped, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco that documents the increasing amount of care provided … finish reading EDs Seeing More Patients with Complex, Chronic Conditions, Mental Illness; Fewer Injuries

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Mental Health Disorders Complicate Standards for Readmissions

Co-existing psychiatric illness should be considered in assessing hospital readmissions for three common medical conditions used by Medicare and Medicaid to penalize hospitals with “excessive” readmission rates: heart failure, acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and pneumonia, according to a new collaborative … finish reading Mental Health Disorders Complicate Standards for Readmissions

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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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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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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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FQHCs, Rural Health Clinics Among 123 Newly Minted Medicare ACOs

Doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers have formed 123 new Medicare ACOs, providing approximately 1.5 million more Medicare beneficiaries with access to high-quality coordinated care across the United States. According to a CMS announcement, the new ACOs include a diverse … finish reading FQHCs, Rural Health Clinics Among 123 Newly Minted Medicare ACOs

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Some Mobile Medical Apps to Face Closer FDA Scrutiny

Designed to protect consumer safety while supporting innovation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance for developers of mobile medical applications, or apps. The agency will not enforce requirements under the Federal Drug & Cosmetic Act, but … finish reading Some Mobile Medical Apps to Face Closer FDA Scrutiny

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Florida’s Hospitals Five-Year Results: Reduced Readmissions, Cost

Statewide quality initiatives have resulted in significant improvement in participating hospitals across Florida over the past five years, according to a new report by the Florida Hospital Association (FHA). Among the results from the first five years of the quality … finish reading Florida’s Hospitals Five-Year Results: Reduced Readmissions, Cost

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Care Transition Management Ensures Seamless Journey Back to Community

Whether patients go directly home after a hospitalization or ER visit or spend time at a nursing home or long-term care facility, the hospital discharge can be the tipping point to both improve care transitions and reduce avoidable readmissions, particularly … finish reading Care Transition Management Ensures Seamless Journey Back to Community

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