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CMS Hopes to Entice More ACOs with Proposed Risk, Rewards Models

Attempting to attract more accountable care organizations (ACOs) to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) without fearing penalties, CMS has released a set of proposed rules with updated penalties and incentives, plus a third new model to attract … finish reading CMS Hopes to Entice More ACOs with Proposed Risk, Rewards Models

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Cultural Competency Between Case Manager and Patient Breeds Engagement, Retention

Communicating with vulnerable patients effectively, whether it’s about medication non-adherence, or simply what is or isn’t working, requires a certain level of cultural competency between the case manager and patient, says Jay Hale, LPC, CEAP, director of quality improvement and … finish reading Cultural Competency Between Case Manager and Patient Breeds Engagement, Retention

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4 Strategies to Reduce Readmissions, Cost of Medically Complex

Targeting frail elderly patients at high risk of preventable healthcare utilization, and providing them with telephonic case management support at two critical transitions — after they’ve been admitted to the hospital, and after they’ve been discharged from home visits — … finish reading 4 Strategies to Reduce Readmissions, Cost of Medically Complex

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CMS Releases Data on Medicare Providers’ Fees, Services to Mixed Reviews

Reaction to CMS’ public online release of data on services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other healthcare professionals has been mixed. Specifically, the data released last week includes physicians’ names and addresses, summaries of the services … finish reading CMS Releases Data on Medicare Providers’ Fees, Services to Mixed Reviews

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7 Ways Case Managers Can Engage Vulnerable Members in Telephonic Outreach

Telephonic outreach by healthcare case managers helps to bridge the care divide, supporting and improving the health of vulnerable and high-risk populations, says Jay Hale, LPC, CEAP, director of quality improvement and clinical operations at Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA). … finish reading 7 Ways Case Managers Can Engage Vulnerable Members in Telephonic Outreach

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There’s No Place Like Home Visits to Address Safety, Care Concerns

Three-fourths of healthcare organizations visit some percentage of their patients or health plan members in their homes, according to new market data from the Healthcare Intelligence Network, in order to keep patients safer and healthier and to keep readmissions and … finish reading There’s No Place Like Home Visits to Address Safety, Care Concerns

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Tech-Savvy Seniors Seek Digital Tools to Manage Health

More than half of seniors 65 years and older are seeking digital options for managing their health services remotely, according to a new Accenture survey. Although many seniors want access to healthcare technology, such as virtual physician consultations (42 percent) … finish reading Tech-Savvy Seniors Seek Digital Tools to Manage Health

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Staying on Medication May Not Lower Hospital Readmissions

High-risk heart failure patients receiving nursing intervention were four times as likely to take their medication, but their hospital readmission rates were not impacted, according to a study at Duke Medicine. To find out why patients skip their medications, and … finish reading Staying on Medication May Not Lower Hospital Readmissions

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Study: Patient Activation Linked to Lower Readmissions

Patient activation — or having the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to manage one’s health — leads to better health following hospital discharge, and lower readmission rates, according to researchers from the Boston Medical Center. Researchers used the Patient Activation … finish reading Study: Patient Activation Linked to Lower Readmissions

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7 Barriers to Medication Adherence

A lack of social support is one of the chief barriers to medication adherence. If a patient has no friends or family to discuss their health and required medications with, they are more likely to skip them, says Thom Stambaugh, … finish reading 7 Barriers to Medication Adherence

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