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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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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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Analytics provides “one report card” for physicians

In today’s health care, there are a lot of players – and a lot of payers, each with their own standards for evaluating physicians and the care they provide. As Greg Kile, CEO of the analytics firm Populytics, explains in an Optum® video, his company’s top 10 payers have 176 different metrics. Being washed over […]
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Not perfect, but practice makes progress for ACOs

Recently released results of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) highlight the fact that Accountable Care Organizations need to be in it for the long haul. In August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued an update announcing that participating ACOs continue to show improvements in their ability to contain costs. Three hundred and […]
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Understanding a new, mandatory payment model

As the health care industry moves toward population health management, providers and payers are working to determine which value-based reimbursement models show the most promise. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave the bundled payments a boost this year by making the model mandatory for a number of hospitals — first for hip and […]
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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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Comfortable managing chronic illness? Ready for what’s next?

When just beginning the shift to data-driven value-based care, health care providers can start by focusing on one clearly defined population. But true population health management is about successfully administering care for all patients attributed to an organization. So how do providers travel the path from novice to intermediate levels of care management? Once a […]
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Managing, reducing patient rebounds starts with data

You may have noticed a consistent theme in the move toward fee-for-value models—the need for timely, relevant data. As with any part of the healthcare continuum, reducing patient readmissions and ER rebounding takes timely, relevant information with which leaders can develop and modify programs.

Home-based care transition programs reduce readmissions

Now that hospitals are being held responsible for what happens to a discharged patient, health care providers are beginning to use higher level clinicians—even physicians—to make home visits for high-risk patients. Two healthcare systems are developing and deploying home-based care transition programs to improve post-discharge care outreach.