Patient Care & Outcomes

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HIMSS15: Patient engagement among top priorities for providers

Patient engagement is a top-of-mind priority for nearly three-fourths of hospital IT executives who responded to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's latest annual leadership survey, unveiled Monday at HIMSS15 in Chicago.

Anthem pushes hospital labs to slash rates

Anthem Blue Cross in Indiana has pushed hospital-based laboratories in its provider network to dramatically cuts its negotiated rates or find themselves competing against much lower-priced providers.

Hospitals step up assessment, treatment of patients' emotional needs

Seriously ill patients--and their families--must face not only the physical challenges of treating their disease, but complex emotional hurdles as well. Therefore, more and more hospitals now assess patients and their families for signs of emotional distress that could interfere with their treatment and overall well-being, according to the  Wall Street Journal.

House calls make a comeback--with an IT twist

As pressure mounts for physicians to manage patients' chronic conditions out of the hospital, the house call has re-emerged as a way to complement office-based care. Unlike doctors' black bags of the 1950s, however, today's tools of the trade rely heavily on health information technology.

Informatics nurses have huge impact on patient safety, workflow

The role of informatics nurses has expanded greatly, providing a significant impact on patient safety and overall care, as well as workflow and productivity improvements, according to the 2015 HIMSS Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey.

UnitedHealth, Walgreens team up to promote healthy lifestyle through new rewards program

Fully-insured UnitedHealthcare members in Arizona and Illinois will soon be able to earn Walgreens Balance Rewards points for completing certain health activities, the duo announced at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago. 

Aetna, Anthem and Cigna don't cover genetic tests made popular by 'Angelina effect'

The "Angelina Effect"-- attributed to Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo genetic testing to detect hereditary breast cancer--is sweeping the nation. But some health insurance companies aren't willing to pay for the pricey procedures.

Racial disparities in coverage, care persist despite ACA

The Affordable Care Act's increased coverage has done little to affect racial and socioeconomic gaps in healthcare access, according to a new report from the Alliance for a Just Society.

ACA shifts health insurance questions from affordability to access to care

By expanding access to health insurance, the Affordable Care Act has shifted consumers' questions about coverage from affordability to access, according to a new  report from Georgetown University's Center on Health Insurance Reforms.

4 strategies to fix the U.S. healthcare system

As the shift to value-based payment models picks up steam, this factor alone isn't enough to fundamentally change the way care is delivered, Duncan Maru, M.D., Ph.D., writes in a piece for  Harvard Business Review.