Patient Care & Outcomes

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'Patient navigators' reduced readmissions, overuse of ER in pilot program

The use of "patient navigators" can significantly reduce the overuse of emergency departments and the number of hospital readmissions, according to a recent study.   

4 ways to reduce unnecessary care

As reducing unnecessary care becomes increasingly important in a value-based care environment, healthcare providers must take action--and stop making excuses, according to a post from consulting firm Navigant.

'OurNotes' pilot to make OpenNotes program interactive

The OpenNotes program, an initiative that enables patients to access notes in their providers' electronic health records, is expanding to become interactive.

NHS admits to ignoring patient requests to opt out of data sharing

Great Britain's National Health Service has revealed that it disregarded tens of thousands of requests by patients to opt out of a new centralized patient record database because the opt out would have affected the treatment that patients received.

Feds speed plans for value-based payments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday said it would fundamentally reform how it pays providers for treating Medicare patients in the coming years.

Patient engagement key to doing more with less

Today's physician practices are more burdened with administrative, technological and regulatory challenges than ever--all in the midst of dramatic reimbursement changes and a physician shortage. But adding human resources--which already comprise 56 percent of healthcare providers' costs--isn't the best way to accomplish less with more, according to a recent article for  Medical Economics.

Redefining wellness as well-being could help programs succeed

Amid  lawsuits challenging wellness programs that penalize non-participants and general questions about the return on investment of such programs, a movement is afoot to recast wellness as well-being.

'July Effect' does not lengthen procedures

Although the "July Effect," under which medical errors are believed to increase as new physicians begin their residencies, is well-documented, but it typically does not increase the length of surgeries during the month, according to research presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists' 2015 Practice Management Meeting.

The top healthcare investment areas in the US

An analysis of the first stage of the federally funded State Innovation Model initiative reveals several key areas of investment in healthcare that could fundamentally change the nature of the industry, according a recent Accenture report.

Healthcare innovation won't come to those who wait

Last week, as I listened to the State of the Union address and read story after story about the fallout from King v Burwell, the ups and downs of Medicaid expansion and the fate of the Affordable...