Archive for the ‘Infographics’ Category

Infographic: Overcrowding in the ER

July 30th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Between 1995 and 2010, annual emergency room visits in the United States grew by 34 percent, while the number of hospitals with ERs declined by 11 percent, according to a new infographic from the George Washington University MHA program.

The infographic also looks at the impact of overcrowding on U.S. emergency rooms, including the major causes of congested ERs and the impact on care delivery and proposed solutions to the problem of overcrowding.

Overcrowding in the ER

Evidence is lacking to support the effectiveness of public policy interventions based on performance measurement, such as public reporting of data and pay for performance. To succeed, emergency clinicians need to understand and practice in alignment with national performance measures.

Quality And Performance Measurement: A Guide For Emergency Physicians reviews the origin and evolution of performance measurement, explains the current landscape of reporting, and discusses projections for future hospital quality measure implementation through 2014.

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Infographic: Care Teams Help Fill Gaps in Care

July 28th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Care Teams Are Good BusinessWithout the help of a care team, physicians would not have enough hours in the day to adhere to all the protocols for chronic care patients, according to a new infographic by Phase Space.

The infographic looks at the number of individuals with chronic conditions, the capacity of providers to care for these patients appropriately and how care teams fill these gaps.

With the advent of the medical neighborhood, care coordination is no longer the sole domain of the primary care practice (PCP) but a responsibility shared among all providers that touch the patient. But how to formalize co-management of patients by PCPs and specialists ‒ in a way that both assures efficient delivery of high-quality healthcare and addresses the 'pain points' of each provider group?

Care Compacts in the Medical Neighborhood: Transforming PCP-Specialist Care Coordination describes WellPoint's efforts to clearly define these roles and responsibilities: the testing of care compacts in its Patient-Centered Specialty Care (PCSC) program.

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Infographic: Physician Social Media Use

July 25th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Physicians have mixed opinions about leveraging social media use in their practices, according to a new infographic by MedData Group.

The infographic looks at the top two social media channels that physicians use, the top five physician specialties that engage in online physician communities and the top concerns preventing physicians from using social media for professional reasons.

Physician Use of Social Media

The growth of social networking has been dramatic, and the applications are quickly finding their way into healthcare organizations. This expanded best-seller provides an overview of the social media tools healthcare organizations are using to connect, communicate, and collaborate with their patients, physicians, staff, vendors, media, and the community at large.

Social Media in Healthcare: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate, 2nd edition describes the major social media applications and reviews their benefits, uses, limitations, risks, and costs. It also provides tips for creating a social media strategy based on your organization’s specific needs and resources. Through real-world examples and up-to-date statistics on social media and healthcare, this book illustrates how social media can improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and marketing of your healthcare organization.

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Infographic: Daily Drug Use in the United States

July 23rd, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Every day in America millions of young adults use illicit substances, ranging from marijuana, heroin, and cocaine, to hallucinogens and inhalants. Out of the 35.6 million young adult population (from 2012) in the United States, one fifth used an illicit drug in the past month, and the percentage of those users has increased from 2008.

The infographic below shows how often drugs are used daily in the United States and the number of first-time illicit drug users on an average day.

Daily Drug Use in the United States

Bringing the most comprehensive research and information available today to the mental health field, the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and Hazelden have redesigned the innovative Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment: Best Practices, Skills, and Resources for Successful Client Care curriculum.

Far surpassing its predecessor in ease of implementation and ongoing usability in clinical settings, this updated and expanded curriculum is redesigned not only to more effectively teach clinical skills and provide practitioners with resources and tools for their practice, but to offer the guidance necessary to align the work of departments and transform agencies into integrated treatment providers.

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Infographic: Physicians’ Salaries 2014

July 21st, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Physicians are becoming more proactive in managing their incomes by being more selective about insurers and patients and providing ancillary services. In addition, a small but growing number of physicians are moving toward cash-only practices.

A new infographic from Medscape looks at these trends, along with details on how the Affordable Care Act is impacting physician practices, the income gender disparity among physicians and physician career satisfaction.

Physicians' Salaries 2014

In today's value-based healthcare sphere, providers must not only shoulder more responsibility for healthcare outcomes, cost and quality but also align with emerging compensation models rewarding these efforts — models that often seem confusing or contradictory. The challenges for payors and partners in creating a common value-based vision are sizing the reimbursement model to the provider organization and engaging physicians' skills, knowledge and behaviors to foster program success.

6 Value-Based Physician Reimbursement Models: Action Plans for Alignment, Analytics and Profitability examines a set of provider compensation models across the collaboration continuum, advising adopters on potential pitfalls and suggesting strategies to survive implementation bumps.

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Infographic: Rethinking Home Healthcare

July 18th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

With more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day and a growing desire from seniors to age in place, there is a growing need for home healthcare services.

A new infographic from Barton Associates shows the growing need for home healthcare, as well as how home care improves the quality of life for seniors.

Rethinking Home Healthcare

Home Health Quickflips© can be used as a reference for documentation, patient eligibility and "how to" instructions for OASIS items which impact reimbursement and quality outcomes. This resource can be a teaching tool for new employees and home health managers.

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Infographic: Are You Ready for Sensors in Healthcare?

July 16th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

The market for wearable sensors is increasing dramatically. Devices are being designed to help people manage chronic conditions, recover more quickly from injuries, analyze physical and environmental abnormalities that may lead to more serious health issues and detect unhealthy habits before they cause problems, according to Pathfinders Software.

A new infographic from Pathfinders Software takes a look at the types of wearables available, how they are used, their wireless capability and other details on this technology.

Are You Ready for Sensors in Healthcare

From home sensors that track daily motion and sleep abnormalities to video visits via teleconferencing, Humana's nine pilots of remote patient monitoring test technologies to keep the frail elderly at home as long as possible. When integrated with telephonic care management, remote monitoring has helped to avert medical emergencies and preventable hospitalizations among individuals with serious medical and functional challenges. In Remote Patient Monitoring for Enhanced Care Coordination: Technology to Manage an Aging Population, Gail Miller, vice president of telephonic clinical operations in Humana's care management organization, Humana Cares/SeniorBridge, reviews Humana's expanded continuum of care aimed at improving health outcomes, increasing satisfaction and reducing overall healthcare costs with a more holistic approach.

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Infographic: Trends in Account-Based Health Plans

July 14th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

High deductible health plans and HSAs have been in the market for over a decade and adoption rates (particularly for HDHPs, HSAs and HRAs) continue to accelerate rapidly, according to a new survey by Alegeus Technologies.

The survey also found a significant consumer education gap and a need for enhanced decision-support resources to help consumers better manage their ever-growing responsibility for healthcare. An infographic by Alegeus Technologies highlights the survey findings, including details on market penetration of account-based plans, consumer proficiency in these plans and account perceptions and enrollment barriers.

2014 Consumer and Employer Healthcare Benefits Survey

As health plan operators last year were preparing to offer plans on the state-run and federally facilitated health insurance exchanges, they could only guess at the age and health of the population that would enroll, and they had no information about how their competitors would price their plans. Now that open enrollment is over, Public Exchanges Data: Premium Analysis and Carrier Participation for 2014 takes a look at how it all played out. This report offers a highly detailed overview of where carriers participated, the types of products they offered and how their prices stacked up against their competitors.

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Infographic: The Rising Cost of On-Call Physicians

July 11th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Nearly twice as many physicians were paid for time devoted to being on-call this year than last -- with some earning more than $1,000 per day, according to the Medical Group Management Association's On-Call Survey: 2014 Report Based on 2013 Data, reflected in a new infographic.

More than 60 percent of physicians reported receiving a daily stipend for taking call, a stark contrast to last year, when only 35 percent did. Additionally, primary care physicians saw their median daily on-call compensation rate soar in the past year, up to $250 in 2013 from the $150 claimed in 2012. PCPs in the western geographic section of the United States reported making as much as $1,103 per day in on-call compensation.

Even physicians who were not monetarily rewarded for their on-call duties received some sort of benefit. Of the 37 percent of physicians who said they received no additional compensation for taking on-call coverage, 33 percent reported being rewarded with time off.

This infographic looks at on-call compensation by practice size and compensation methods.

The Rising Cost of On-Call Doctors

Shifting reimbursement models are forcing hospital executives to rethink their approach to physician relationships. New cost and quality demands require hospitals to explore all alternatives—including tighter alignment with physicians. The New Hospital-Physician Enterprise: Meeting the Challenges of Value-Based Care provides expert advice on structuring and sustaining hospital-physician relationships in the post-reform environment.

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Infographic: The Effect of Medicaid Expansion Decisions by Southern States

July 9th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

The decision by some Southern states to not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will keep Medicaid eligibility levels low, according to a new infographic by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The infographic shows that Southerners are more likely than people living in other parts of the United States to be uninsured; that most Southern states have poverty rates above the national average; and details on the Medicaid coverage gaps in Southern states.

To 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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