|This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.|
here to advertise in this news brief.
4 free CO*RE webinars coming this fall
State Academies of Family Medicine
The State Academies of Family Medicine are pleased to invite you to attend a free webinar on Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioids: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care. We have scheduled four webinars during the next several months — one of them should be perfect for your busy schedule.
| Share this article:
Medicare to start paying doctors who coordinate needs of chronically ill patients
The New York Times
In a policy change, the Obama administration is planning to pay doctors to coordinate the care of Medicare beneficiaries, amid growing evidence that patients with chronic illnesses suffer from disjointed, fragmented care. Although doctors have often performed such work between office visits by patients, they have historically not been paid for it.
Starting in January, Medicare will pay monthly fees to doctors who manage care for patients with two or more chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and depression.
Small practices score big gain in reduced admissions
Smaller primary care physician practices — those with fewer than 10 physicians — had fewer preventable hospital admissions among their Medicare beneficiaries than larger practices, researchers have found.
Physician turnover remains high as more physicians retire
AMGA via Insurance News Net
Physician turnover continues at the highest rate since the first year data was collected in 2005 for the second year in a row. Medical groups reported an average turnover rate of 6.8 percent in 2013, unchanged from 2012, according to the 9th annual Physician Retention Survey from the American Medical Group Association and Cejka Search. The survey also reported turnover of 9.4 percent among advanced practice clinicians, which includes physician assistants and nurse practitioners. This represents an 18 percent reduction in 2013 (in 2012 ACP turnover was 11.6 percent).
Slideshow: Patient experience transformation — engaged patients, measurable standards
Improving patient experience is a challenge everyone in healthcare faces. How we get there within our own unique organizational settings is the puzzle each organization must solve. Some will implement activities that improve communication, others will increase rounding and care coordination, and still others will create new infrastructure that allows patients to access their medical records, appointments, and prescriptions.
Providers say HIE improves care quality but increases liability
Health information exchange is a mixed bag for most providers who have the ability to transmit patient data between organizations according to new data from the ONC, but healthcare professionals are generally optimistic that data exchange may improve care quality and address the significant gaps in patient information that lead to medical errors or repeated procedures and tests.
How secure text messaging promotes better physician alignment
National trends are changing relationships between physicians and organizations in new and exciting ways. More healthcare organizations are employing physicians and creating other types of strategic alliances through Accountable Care Organizations, Physician Health Organizations and others to improve quality and lower costs. The expected result is increased revenue through favorable contracting with payers and through other vehicles such as narrow networks. Healthcare experts are realizing that only when organizations and physicians strive for a common goal can healthcare costs actually come down.
Patient-centered medical home program decreased hospital use, lowered care costs
In the three years since its introduction, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield's Patient-Centered Medical Home model has resulted in reduced hospital utilization, lower healthcare costs to members and increased reimbursements for participating panels, Blue Cross Blue Shield announced in a press release. The company provided three-year results from their Patient-Centered Medical Home program, which was implemented in 2011.
Text-to-911 availability has important mHealth implications
By Christina Thielst
The FCC has taken another step toward a 911 system that fits with how Americans are communicating. The new rules will make Text-to-911 more uniformly available by the end of 2014 — and this has important mHealth implications. The four largest wireless carriers already support Text-to-911, but the new rules establish a timeline for the remaining text messaging providers to be prepared to support Text-to-911.
A primer on how for-profit hospitals operate
Fierce Health Finance
In New Jersey, where for-profit hospital operators are rapidly transforming healthcare delivery, the Bergen County Record has compiled an action list of how they operate in order to maximize their bottom lines. First, for-profit hospital operators search for bargain properties, the "least expensive way into the market," according to the Record. It noted, for example, that Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Seacaucus sold for significantly less than some high-end penthouse apartments in New York City.
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063