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Engage patients to better manage chronic conditions

You've seen the same patients year in and year out, and you've given them the same round of warnings and advice every year, but you can't seem to get them to do anything about it. Increased emphasis on  how  your patients can improve their lives rather than dire warnings about  why  they ought to change course could be a deceptively simple way to improve the odds of success, according to an article at  PennLive.

Why 2016 will be pivotal in practices' transition to value-based care [Interview]

The past year has been full of changes that will affect physician practices for years to come. For insights into what will matter most to practices in 2016, we turned to Reid Blackwelder, M.D., immediate past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In an exclusive interview with  FiercePracticeManagement, Blackwelder shared his thoughts on the impact of the shift to value-based care in general and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act in particular.

How patient-centered care helped an Arkansas hospital cut readmissions by 90%

One Arkansas hospital system has cut readmissions nearly 90 percent by addressing both direct and indirect contributing factors, according to Executive Insight.

'Flying ICUs': Medical helicopters provide advanced care for rural patients

Medical helicopters so well-equipped that one hospital leader calls them "flying intensive care units" are helping people in the rural upper Midwest get emergency medical care that otherwise would be out of reach, the  Duluth  (Minnesota)  News Tribune  reported.

Coordinated, multihospital effort improves ER patient flow

A collaborative effort by 42 hospitals in 16 U.S. communities to improve patient flow in their emergency departments led to measurable improvements at two-thirds of the hospitals, according to a study published in the December issue of  The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety.

Health insurance and mobile engagement: What's working, what's new and what's next [Special Report]

With the rise of consumerism in healthcare, the imperative has never been greater for insurers to find innovative ways to engage with their customers. In this special report,  FierceHealthPayer  examines the myriad ways insurers and other organizations engage consumers through mobile technology, assessing the benefits and challenges--as well as what lies ahead.

Insurers, manufacturers consider compromise in drug-price debate

Drug makers and insurance companies may finally be leaning toward some form of mutual understanding and compromise about rising prescription prices, according to  STAT News.

Medicare bundled payment project could guide other payers' strategies

Through its bundled payments pilot program, the Medicare program is currently testing models that it hopes will encourage higher-quality, lower-cost care and ultimately influence how other payers design their own alternative payment models, according to a policy brief from  Health Affairs.  

Hunger carries $160B a year in healthcare costs

Food insecurity led to healthcare costs of $160 billion in the United States last year, according to a study commissioned by the charitable Bread for the World Institute.

The insurer-physician relationship: Improved, but still imperfect

Relations are not so tense these days between health insurers and physicians, but several issues still divide them, according to  Managed Care  magazine.