Tag Archives: care management

Ease a transition to new tech by communicating with your whole staff

Digital technology is revolutionizing health care — but everybody who adopts it knows that it presents challenges in a clinical setting. There are learning curves with hardware and software, new habits to develop, glitches to deal with, and a whole lot more — while you’re taking care of patients under time constraints. According to Judy […]
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Improving health care outcomes through patient engagement

“Anytime you have a patient that’s more engaged and involved in their care, your outcomes are better.” That’s a quote from Judy Herrington, who has 30 years’ experience in the health care field and serves as the vice president of nursing, medicine services at Parkland Hospital in Texas. Her front-line observation echoes the results of […]
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High-tech guided meditation eases burn pain

Parkland Hospital in Dallas County, Texas, is one of America’s “most wired,” as recognized by Hospitals & Health Networks® Magazine. Its careful integration of user-friendly tech extends from handy kiosks in the lobby to patient rooms with an array of digital devices that help both patients and staff. While much of the technology is focused […]
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Care transitions can feel like changing the tires while driving

While providers may now see population health programs as key to value-based care success, many are struggling with implementing change in a way that affects outcomes. “It’s like the proverbial changing of the tires while driving down the road at 90 mph,” says Steve Griffiths, senior vice president of Health Care Analytics Consulting at Optum. […]
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MACRA is big for doctors. What about hospitals?

With the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act replacing the sustainable growth rate, changes are coming for physicians. But will MACRA impact facility providers? Consultants at Optum say yes. Specifically they say hospitals and health systems should prepare for changes to referral patterns and readmission rates. Jay Hazelrigs, vice president and lead actuary at Optum, […]
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Monitor these metrics to find revenue leaks

Tracking, explaining and plugging gaps in your revenue cycle is tough enough without the added challenge of practice acquisitions and mergers. Joining two systems means standardizing and streamlining policies that may differ greatly from each other. As consolidation work takes place, health systems can pay close attention to certain metrics to help identify revenue leaks. […]
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Code offers chance to test care management skills

So far doctors are underutilizing a reimbursement option designed to help bridge the gap between fee-for-service and value-based care. More than a year ago the government created the chronic care management code (CCM). It provided a way to pay doctors for time spent coordinating care for Medicare beneficiaries – specifically those diagnosed with two or more chronic […]
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Expanding the scope of healthcare data

With data and analytics accepted as valuable tools in population health management, questions are now focused on what kinds of data to include and how to best use it. Health care leaders quickly learned that the most accessible data – claims data – is important but not enough. It’s not particularly timely and it’s often […]
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Tap into the “greatest intellect in the health care industry”

When a health system surveyed its physicians, it asked a question some might find more suited to MBAs than MDs. North Carolina-based Wilmington Health asked: Is the rate of change within Wilmington Health less than the rate of change in the industry? It’s a question focused on competition and market dynamics — elements of health […]
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Redefine acute care to combine fee-for-service (FFS) with care management.

Badly broken bones, appendicitis, hemorrhages and head injuries mean there will be a need for acute care hospitals no matter how the healthcare industry changes. But we need to change how we think about acute care in relation to the rest of healthcare. A traditional definition says acute care is the opposite of chronic or long-term care. […]
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