Patient Care & Outcomes

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Study shows strength of team-based care in PCMH

Despite the challenges practices face in implementing the pati ent-centered medical home   model, many who've put forth the effort have achieved promising results, according to a series of recent reports. However, progress to date varies by practice size, noted an ar ticle  from  Medscape.

How far should practices go to prevent the spread of germs?

With flu season well under way and the Ebola crisis unresolved, practices need a plan to make sure patients don't leave their offices with more illnesses than with which they arrived.

Duke, LifePoint to collaborate on patient safety venture

Duke University Health System and LifePoint Hospitals have entered into a "national quality agreement," aimed at enhancing patient safety in their organizations as well as nationwide,  MarketWatch  reports.

Retail clinics capitalize on 'Blockbuster strategy'

Walk-in retail clinics, which have grown 20 percent since 2009, are increasingly following what has come to be known as the "Blockbuster strategy" when seeking new locations, as locations formerly owned by the now-defunct video rental chain tend to have features clinics look for, including visibility, heavy traffic and signage capabilities, according to Bloomberg  Businessweek.

Hospital CEOs rank financial challenges as top concern

Thanks in part to the seismic changes surrounding the healthcare industry, hospital executives' top concern in 2014 was how to meet the financial challenges associated with running their businesses, according to the results of an annual survey conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Millennials most willing to share health data

Despite the increase of cyberattacks and hacks on the healthcare industry, patients are still willing to share their health data anonymously, according to a Truven Health Analytics/ NPR  poll.

IDC: Payers need to better understand the overall consumer population

The success of certain areas in the health insurance industry--namely, the individual insurance exchange, Medicaid, Medicare and dual eligibles--depends on payers' ability to better understand the overall consumer population.

Insurers: Create compelling strategies to motivate consumers to use wearable devices

As insurers increasingly promote wearable devices like FitBit in wellness programs and other initiatives, three University of Pennsylvania medical professors warn that they don't actually lead to behavior change--unless people who actually need the devices wear them consistently and use them correctly, according to a recent editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Post-EHR clinical quality measure performance 'mixed'

Transitioning to electronic health records can improve clinical quality measurement, but not necessarily across all measures and not in the short term, according to a new study in  eGEMs (Generating Evidence and Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).

Congress mulls bill to improve complex care for pediatric Medicaid patients

Congress will mull legislation that would make it far easier for providers to coordinate the special needs care of pediatric enrollees in the Medicaid program. If p assed into law, the bill would save the Medicaid program on the federal and state level as much as $13 billion over 10 years.