Archive for September, 2012

Infographic: The Changing Landscape for Physician Practices

September 29th, 2012 by Melanie Matthews

The changing landscape for physicians is reflected in this year’s National Physician Survey by the little blue book.

See how technology is changing the physician workflow, along with clinical tools used by physicians.

National 
Physicians Survey 2012

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Infographic: The Global Childhood Obesity Epidemic

September 28th, 2012 by Melanie Matthews

Globally one in 10 children are obese, but the epidemic is not getting the attention it deserves, according to new metrics by GLOBALHealthPR, which measured the online conversation rates for childhood obesity.

An infographic by GLOBALHealthPR analyzes online conversation rates for childhood obesity compared with other diseases.

The Global Childhood Obesity Epidemic

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Infographic: Medication Adherence Strategies

September 27th, 2012 by Melanie Matthews

With just 50 percent of the prescriptions filled each year taken correctly,
there is plenty of room for improvement in medication adherence.

Patient adherence solutions and patient communication strategies show
promise in improving this adherence rate, according to a new infographic
by eyeforpharma.

Medication Adherence

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Infographic: Where Do Discharged Patients Go?

September 26th, 2012 by Melanie Matthews

An analysis of 2010 Medicare claims data by Avalere Health found that discharged Medicare patients are not following their discharge plan for the next site of care.

Of the 41,859 Medicare beneficiaries coded as being discharged to short-term general hospitals for inpatient care, fewer than one in four patients actually went to another short-term general hospital. To see where patients leaving the hospital actually went for their post-acute care, view this new infographic by Avalere.

Where Do Discharged Patients Go for Post-Acute Care

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Adult Obesity Rates Could Exceed 60 Percent in 13 states by 2030

September 25th, 2012 by Cheryl Miller

A reduction in BMI by just 5 percent could dramatically reduce the rates of obesity-related diseases and healthcare costs

The number of obese adults, along with related disease rates and healthcare costs, could increase dramatically in every state in the country over the next 20 years, according to a new report from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Thirteen states in particular could see obesity increases upwards of 60 percent if things don’t change, with Mississippi set to have the highest numbers. The number of new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension and arthritis could increase 10 times between 2010 and 2020 and double again by 2030. Medical costs associated with treating these diseases could increase by $48 billion to $66 billion per year in the United States, and the loss in economic productivity could be between $390 billion and $580 billion annually by 2030.

But if Americans reduced their average body mass index (BMI) by just 5 percent by 2030, the rates of obesity-related diseases and healthcare costs could be significantly reduced, the report claims. Every state could help thousands or millions of people avoid obesity-related diseases, while saving billions of dollars in healthcare costs.

“We need more effective interventions with the population as a whole,” says Dr. Dennis Richlin, chief medical director and wellness officer for HealthFitness, an integrated health coaching program, in a recent HIN webinar. “There is a whole sub-population within employers, and some have taken on employees with programs that have resulted in risk reductions, cost savings and weight change,” he said. “We can make a difference, but it’s not a quick fix…but we could start to see significant changes over the next five years.”

Patient satisfaction could be one of the most significant changes among those involved in health and wellness programs, according to our currently running Population Health Management survey. But getting patients to embark on and remain engaged in such a program remains the greatest challenge for those considering launching one, say nearly half of our respondents at this point in the survey.

In other news, another way to lower healthcare costs could be by extending physician office hours. A new study links the two, finding that patients whose usual source of care offers extended hours by remaining open during evening and weekend hours had less use of and lower associated expenditures for office visits, prescription medications, ED visits and hospitalizations than patients without such access.

And one way to use those extended hours in the waiting room could be by reviewing healthcare benefits, because, according to a new survey from Aetna, choosing them is the second most difficult decision to make behind savings for retirement. In fact, choosing benefits is considered to be tougher than purchasing a car, making decisions about medical tests or treatments, and even parenting. The main problem is complicated, conflicting information. See what our managing editor has to say about this in her blog post Is Choosing Healthcare Coverage Really Harder Than Parenting?

But there is some uncomplicated good news for Medicare Advantage members: it continues to remain strong, with a projected enrollment increase of 11 percent in the next year, and no increase in premiums, according to the CMS.

Read all of these stories in their entirety in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update.

Infographic: Meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use Core Requirements

September 25th, 2012 by Melanie Matthews

The key differences between Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use core objective requirements are highlighted in this new infographic by HealthPOINT, a federally designated health information technology resource and support center for South Dakota healthcare providers.

Meaningful Use: A Comparison Between Stage 1 and Stage 2

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Infographic: mHealth’s Rapid Rise

September 24th, 2012 by Melanie Matthews

Greater access to healthcare and lower administrative costs are just two of the benefits that mHealth can deliver, according to a new infographic by AlliedHealthWorld.com

The infographic tracks the growth in mHealth, the demographic profiles of mHealth users and the number of mHealth app downloads this year, along with other key mHealth metrics.

Smartphone = Smarter Healthcare?

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Infographic: Incentives for Healthy Behavior

September 23rd, 2012 by Melanie Matthews

An increasing number of employers are adopting outcomes-based health and wellness incentive programs to improve employee health as part of an overall strategy to constrain increasing healthcare costs.

View highlights of the challenging environment for wellness programs and incentives, and the recent guidance on outcomes-based incentive design in a new infographic by HealthFitness Corporation.

Incentives for Healthy Behavior

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Infographic: The Financial Impact of Reducing Avoidable Readmissions

September 22nd, 2012 by Melanie Matthews

Under CMS’ new penalties for avoidable hospital readmissions, the average 300-bed hospital is at risk of losing $9.5 million annually for 11 potentially avoidable conditions, according to a new infographic by ObjectiveHealth, a McKinsey Solution for Healthcare Providers.

Improved coordination of care for these 11 conditions, identified by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, can potentially prevent the need for a re-hospitalization.

The Financial Impact of Reducing Avoidable Readmissions

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