Archive for August, 2015

HINfographic: Trends in Integrating Behavioral Health & Primary Care

August 10th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Almost two-thirds of healthcare organizations have integrated behavioral health and primary care to some degree, with 31 percent achieving “close collaboration onsite in a partly integrated system,” according to 2015 Healthcare Intelligence Network metrics.

A new infographic by HIN examines the level of integration achieved by healthcare organizations, plans to integrate within the next 12 months and the percent of organizations using telehealth for behavioral health consults.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary CareBehavioral health conditions affect nearly one of five Americans, leading to healthcare costs of $57 billion a year, on par with cancer, according to a 2009 AHRQ brief. Despite this impact, and the ACA’s provision for behavioral healthcare as an essential health benefit, progress toward total integration of behavioral healthcare into the primary care system has been slow.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care captures healthcare’s efforts to achieve healthcare parity and honor the joint principles of the patient-centered medical home, including a whole person orientation and provision of coordinated and/or integrated care. Click here for more information.

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Infographic: Patient Engagement Through Online Portals

August 7th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

As physician practices gear up for Meaningful Use Stage 2, which requires physicians to promote and measure patient engagement, the role of the patient portal will become more important.

A new infographic by Nextech examines how practices can ensure their patient portal is set up for successful patient engagement.

Population Health Framework: 27 Strategies to Drive Engagement, Access & Risk StratificationFaith-based integrated delivery system Adventist Health is on a mission to improve population health status with a wellness-based approach it estimates will eventually net $49 million in savings.

Population Health Framework: 27 Strategies to Drive Engagement, Access & Risk Stratification walks through the elements of Adventist’s population health management program that engages individuals to modify behaviors and prevent illness in the future.

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Infographic: Medicaid Managed Care

August 5th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Medicaid health plans now serve more than 43.5 million low income individuals – nearly 66 percent of total Medicaid enrollment–and a growing body of research finds the tools and techniques they use show great promise in achieving better outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries and cost savings for states.

A new AHIP infographic examines how Medicaid managed care plans are improving quality and promoting value as well as the type of cost savings these plans are delivering to states.

Dual Eligibles Care and Service Planning: Integrative Approaches for the Medicare-Medicaid PopulationTo locate, stratify and engage dual eligibles, Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC) takes a creative approach, employing everything from home visits to ‘street case management’ to coordinate care for Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries.

Dual Eligibles Care and Service Planning: Integrative Approaches for the Medicare-Medicaid Population describes HCSC’s innovative tactics to engage this largely older adult and disabled population in population health management with support from a range of community partners and services.

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Infographic: Standardization, Collaboration Across Care Teams Improves Care Quality

August 3rd, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Failures in care coordination can increase healthcare costs by between $25 and $25 billion annually, according to a new infographic by Elsevier.

The infographic examines the impact of poor care coordination on the patient experience and healthcare costs and how healthcare organizations can address this challenge.

Care Coordination of Highest-Risk Patients: Business Case for Managing Complex Populations Asked by its C-suite to quantify contributions of its multidisciplinary care team for its highest-risk patients, AltaMed Health Services Corporation readily identified seven key performance metrics associated with the team. Having demonstrated the team’s bottom line impact on specialty costs, emergency room visits, and HEDIS® measures, among other areas, the largest independent federally qualified community health center (FQHC) was granted additional staff to expand care management for its safety net population.

Care Coordination of Highest-Risk Patients: Business Case for Managing Complex Populations chronicles AltaMed’s four-phase rollout of care coordination for dual eligibles—a population with higher hospitalization and utilization and care costs twice those of any other population served by AltaMed.

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