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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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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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Colorado Hospital Engagement Network Reduces Healthcare Costs by $15 Million, Avoidable Readmissions by 11 Percent

Colorado hospitals and health systems participating in a three-year quality improvement project led by the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) prevented 2,800 patient harms, 1,250 of which were avoidable readmissions, for an estimated cost savings of $14.8 million, according to the … finish reading Colorado Hospital Engagement Network Reduces Healthcare Costs by $15 Million, Avoidable Readmissions by 11 Percent

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Enhanced Medical Home for High-Risk Children Dramatically Reduces Hospital Costs, Illnesses

High-risk children suffering from chronic diseases who received comprehensive care at a special clinic at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) experienced dramatic reductions in both serious illnesses and hospital costs, according to a study recently … finish reading Enhanced Medical Home for High-Risk Children Dramatically Reduces Hospital Costs, Illnesses

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Nearly 20 Million Misdirected Physician Referrals Lead to Billions in Wasteful Spending

Nearly 20 million misdirected physician referrals in the United States could be leading to billions of dollars in wasteful spending across the country’s healthcare system, according to a new physician survey from Kyruus, an enterprise healthcare solutions company. Massive inefficiencies … finish reading Nearly 20 Million Misdirected Physician Referrals Lead to Billions in Wasteful Spending

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Anthem Blue Cross, Hospital Systems Launch Vivity, Value-Based Health System to Align Care, Improve Costs

In a move away from traditional fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursements to value-based incentives, Anthem Blue Cross and seven top hospital systems have partnered to offer Anthem Blue Cross Vivity, an integrated health system, according to Anthem Blue Cross. The Vivity model … finish reading Anthem Blue Cross, Hospital Systems Launch Vivity, Value-Based Health System to Align Care, Improve Costs

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4 Reasons to Develop a Post-Acute Care Coordination Network

Capacity issues and resulting loss of revenue, and concerns about adequate discharge plans prompted Summa Health System to develop an SNF care coordination network, explains Carolyn Holder, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, manager of transitional care, resulting in improved patient care and … finish reading 4 Reasons to Develop a Post-Acute Care Coordination Network

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4-Step Data-Driven Care Model Targets Dual Eligibles

The philosophy that healthcare is local—and therefore, care needs to be local and community-based—drives WellCare Health Plans’s efforts to connect its dually eligible population to health services. Here Pamme Lyons Taylor, WellCare’s vice president of advocacy and community-based programs, explains … finish reading 4-Step Data-Driven Care Model Targets Dual Eligibles

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Medical Homes Have Limited Impact on Quality, Utilization and Cost: Study

While interventions to transform primary care practices (PCPs) into patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) are common, but their effectiveness in improving quality and decreasing costs is unclear, according to a study in JAMA. One of the first, largest, and longest-running multipayor … finish reading Medical Homes Have Limited Impact on Quality, Utilization and Cost: Study

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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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