Archive for May, 2013

Infographic: 2013 Medical Malpractice Payout Analysis

May 31st, 2013 by Patricia Donovan

Diederich Healthcare has done an analysis of the medical malpractice payouts in 2012 as recorded by the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). Some of the statistics highlighted on this Diederich Healthcare infographic include the following:

  • Five states represent 47 percent of all 2012 medical malpractice payouts.
  • One medical malpractice payout was made every 43 minutes.
  • Female patients made up 57 percent of 2012 medical malpractice payouts.

2013 Medical Malpractice Payout Analysis

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Infographic: Children’s Mental Health in the United States

May 30th, 2013 by Patricia Donovan

Children’s mental disorders affect boys and girls of all ages, ethnic/racial backgrounds, and regions of the United States. Previous studies estimate up to 1 in 5 children have mental disorder and a new CDC MMWR Supplement finds that millions of American children live with depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome or a host of other mental health issues.

“Mental Health Surveillance Among Children in the United States, 2005-2011,” is the first-ever report to describe federal efforts on monitoring mental disorders, and presents estimates of the number of children aged 3-17 years with specific mental disorders, compiling information from different data sources covering the period of 2005-2011. Key metrics from the report are highlighted in this infographic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report is an important step to better understand children’s mental disorders, identify gaps in data, and develop public health strategies to protect and promote children’s mental health, so children can reach their full potential in life.

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Infographic: Medical Device Alarm Safety in Hospitals

May 29th, 2013 by Patricia Donovan

Many medical devices have alarm systems. These alarm-equipped devices are essential to providing safe care to patients in many healthcare settings; clinicians depend on these devices for information they need to deliver appropriate care and to guide treatment decisions.

However, as shown in this infographic from The Joint Commission, these devices present a multitude of challenges and opportunities for healthcare organizations when their alarms create similar sounds, when their default settings are not changed, and when there is a failure to respond to their alarm signals.

medical device alarm safety

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HINfographic on Medication Adherence: Getting America to Take Its Medicine

May 28th, 2013 by Patricia Donovan

Complex patients remain the top targets of programs to improve medication adherence (MA), but more than half now also zero in on MA levels during transitions in care — up from 37 percent in 2012. Educating patients and caregivers on proper use of medications following a health event helps to curb avoidable hospital readmissions and ER visits.

This HINfographic on Medication Adherence illustrates a wealth of data on current programs, including the most likely targets of MA programs, the most common barriers to medication compliance, the most influential tools, and the conditions that respond most favorably to efforts to improve MA.

The information in this infographic is derived from responses to the third annual 2013 Medication Adherence survey conducted by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

medication adherence infographic

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Infographic: Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act

May 24th, 2013 by Patricia Donovan

The latest Visualizing Health Policy infographic from JAMA considers who will be covered under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion provisions, which states have opted to implement or not implement the ACA Medicaid expansion, the proportion of nonelderly uninsured individuals who will likely remain uninsured, how Medicaid will streamline the enrollment process, and how the cost of the Medicaid will be funded by the federal and state governments.

Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act

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Infographic: Investment in Public Health Slipping

May 23rd, 2013 by Patricia Donovan

The public health systems in the United States are meant to be at the forefront of prevention, but state and federal investments are shrinking.

This infographic published on the Pew Charitable Trusts Web site illustrates how public funding levels vary from state to state. For example, in 2012, Alaska received the most public funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), while Indiana received the least.

Investment in Public Health Slipping

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Infographic: What Customers Expect from the Healthcare Industry

May 22nd, 2013 by Patricia Donovan

What do consumers think about the healthcare customer experience?

Top-level healthcare executives are focusing on the customer experience to compete for patient loyalty and referrals in today’s unstable healthcare market. But, before they begin, they need to understand how customers perceive healthcare companies and how the customer experience impacts their decision-making. TeleTech® performed an in-depth study of healthcare customers and examined their sentiments about the healthcare experience. Their findings are reflected in this infographic.

What Customers Expect in the Healthcare Industry

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Infographic: Autism 101

May 21st, 2013 by Patricia Donovan

Despite growing awareness and advances in treatment, the fast-growing developmental disorder of autism has enormous personal, family, and economic impact — and no known cure.

For example, one in 50 children have an autism spectrum disorder, affecting 1 to 1.5 million Americans. The disorder is five times more prevalent in males, generating over $60 billion in annual costs — $3.2 million over an individual’s life span.

This infographic from Guide to Nursing Degrees looks at some metrics and benchmarks related to autism, including the signs of autism, the science of autism and recent developments and treatments.

Autism 101

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Healthcare Business Week in Review: Patient Surveys Revealing, Integrated Care Certification, Drug Plans Confuse Seniors

May 21st, 2013 by Cheryl Miller

Completing a quality-of-life questionnaire at a healthcare provider’s office could help patients live longer and better, according to a statement from the American Heart Association (AHA).

Patient surveys can help reveal depression, which can significantly worsen cardiovascular health, but is often underdiagnosed despite being common among cardiovascular (CV) patients, researchers say. Healthcare providers can assess their patients’ CV health by using standardized patient surveys, which focus on a patient’s quality of life. These surveys can directly measure the impact of heart disease on patients, including their symptoms, quality of life, and ability to function physically and mentally. For those patients diagnosed with heart disease, the surveys can directly measure its impact, including their symptoms, quality of life, and ability to function physically and mentally. They can also predict other events, including future cardiac episodes, and should become a part of routine care.

In another example of integrated care, new Behavioral Health Home Certification from the Joint Commission will make many patients’ lives better. Designed as part of a nationwide effort to expand and improve healthcare services, behavioral health homes integrate physical and behavioral healthcare services to provide treatment to address the needs of the whole person. The certification program will provide a framework for this, emphasizing care coordination and quality. Health home providers do not need to provide all the services themselves, but must ensure that the full array of primary and behavioral healthcare services is available and coordinated.

Postponing mammography screenings could help women live longer and better, according to Johns Hopkins researchers.

Data shows that routine screening in women younger than 40 increases rates of cancer detection in young women, but only reduces mortality risk by a very small percentage. Instead, the tests are more likely to result in over-diagnosis and unnecessary treatment, including biopsies, lumpectomies and mastectomies, and weeks of radiation and potentially toxic drugs. And false positives could result in avoidable procedures and psychological trauma.

Despite these findings, and recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to postpone mammography screenings until age 50, younger women continue to undergo the routine breast cancer test.

The fact that insurance companies continue to pay for these mammograms for women in their 40s is most likely the reason for the persistently high rate of screening, researchers state.

Examining Medicare prescription plan benefits more closely could help beneficiaries to manage their money and health better, according to a new Walgreens survey.

Prescription drug costs are among the top concerns for more than one-third of Medicare Part D beneficiaries, with one in five admitting they’ve had to delay filling a prescription or skip doses to help manage medication costs.

Survey respondents revealed that only half realized that co-pays for Part D prescriptions can vary by pharmacy; and less than one fourth were aware of whether their plan offered a preferred pharmacy option. Beneficiaries can save hundreds of dollars each year on co-pay costs by using a preferred network, researchers state.

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HINfographic: Healthcare ‘Apped’ to Adopt Mobile Health

May 20th, 2013 by Patricia Donovan

The use of mobile health technologies is revolutionizing the exchange and consumption of healthcare data. HIN’s inaugural survey on mHealth captured mHealth trends from 150 healthcare organizations.

Not surprisingly, smartphone apps emerged as the most widely applied mHealth technology, according to 58 percent of respondents. Text messaging is used by nearly half of those surveyed (47 percent), mobile Web applications by 42 percent of respondents, and apps for tablets used by 27 percent.

Health/disease management was the most frequently cited use for mobile technology, according to 65 percent of respondents, with wellness and prevention efforts coming in a close second at 64 percent. Capturing real-time health data was the main reason for use for nearly half of those surveyed.

These data points and others are highlighted in this new HINfographic from the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

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