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Blue Cross Alternative Quality Contract Lowers Costs, Improves Patient Care: Study

A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) Alternative Quality Contract (AQC) improved quality of patient care and lowered costs in the four years since it was implemented, according to an independent study by Harvard Medical School published in … finish reading Blue Cross Alternative Quality Contract Lowers Costs, Improves Patient Care: Study

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Community Pharmacist Intervention Boosts Medication Adherence, Reduces Healthcare Costs: Study

Community pharmacists can take a greater role in helping their patients adhere to their medication regimens, leading to a reduction in emergency room (ER) visits and hospital admissions, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of … finish reading Community Pharmacist Intervention Boosts Medication Adherence, Reduces Healthcare Costs: Study

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Shared Decision-Making Between Patients and Doctors Will Require Investment by Health Systems

Patients and doctors should decide together what medical decisions are right for each patient, according to a RAND Corporation study published in the journal Health Affairs. In order to make medical care more patient-centered, Medicare is encouraging healthcare providers to … finish reading Shared Decision-Making Between Patients and Doctors Will Require Investment by Health Systems

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Telehealth to Reach 1.8 Million Patients by 2017; Diabetes Cases in Majority

Telehealth could reach as many as 1.8 million patients worldwide by 2017, as more and more healthcare organizations use it as a means toward reducing readmission rates and tracking disease progression, according to a report from InMedica, a division of … finish reading Telehealth to Reach 1.8 Million Patients by 2017; Diabetes Cases in Majority

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Physical Health Problems Spur More Patients to Seek Mental Health Services

People who experience physical health problems are three times more likely to seek mental health services than those who have no physical ailments, according to a new study from Oregon State University (OSU). Using data from more than 6,000 people … finish reading Physical Health Problems Spur More Patients to Seek Mental Health Services

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Federally Funded Clinics as Effective as Private Practices on Most Quality Measures

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and their “look-alikes” will receive $11 billion from the federal government to expand their operations in the wake of anticipated primary care shortages as an estimated 32 million people seek healthcare under the ACA, according … finish reading Federally Funded Clinics as Effective as Private Practices on Most Quality Measures

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