Two Arizona health systems are joining together to launch an accountable care organization (ACO) that will provide coordinated care to about 50,000 members, the organizations announced this week, in hopes of improving outcomes, patient satisfaction and cost savings.
Medicare officials piloting experimental programs across dozens of U.S. hospitals want to know if dropping the requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors admitted to the hospital for at least three days can reduce costs and improve care, Kaiser Health News reported.
While shared medical appointments offer patients with like conditions the ability to support and learn from one another in person, emerging social media platforms can offer similar benefits from a distance. What's more, medical practices that embrace this trend can achieve better patient engagement while delivering a strong marketing message, according to an article from Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.
Almost exactly a year ago, FiercePracticeManagement described key ways to prepare your office for healthcare reform, including steps to ready your practice for a predicted influx of new patients. Reality brought some surprises in that arena, however, and more. New patient visits actually declined slightly in the first five months of the Affordable Care Act, according to a report from AthenaHealth.
Thus far, much of the research surrounding shared medical appointments (SMAs) involved specialties dealing with chronic conditions such as diabetes. SMAs may have a promising place in primary care, particularly as part of the patient-centered medical home, according to a new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.
Whistleblowers who complained about delays in care, errors and poor-quality care were placed on leaved, removed from clinical work, among other things, according to a report from the Project on Government Oversight watchdog group, based on complaints filed by nearly 800 current and former Veterans Affairs (VA) employees and veterans.
As providers continue to team up, insurers claim the growing rate of provider consolidation leads to high healthcare costs. Many states want to lessen the impact of provider consolidation by implementing laws and regulations that encourage price disclosure and ensure limits on healthcare prices, according to a new paper from the National Academy of Social Insurance and Catalyst for Payment Reform.
There appears to be no evidence that the vendors for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have written the code to fix the faulty back-end systems that deal with paying subsidies and billing qualified health plan enrollees.
When a doctor noticed the physicians and staff tending to his wife after a double knee replacement weren't washing their hands before interacting with her, he worked to do something about it, Yahoo News reported.
Americans don't know how to determine which doctor will provide high-quality care, often choosing a doctor based on insurance and if the doctor is friendly, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.