Patient Care & Outcomes

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Volunteers help hospitals improve the patient experience

As hospital leaders strive to engage patients and their families and improve the organization's overall experience, some have found that the people who are most effective at achieving these goals are not staff or healthcare providers at all.

UnitedHealth expanding presence in patient care business

UnitedHealth is expanding its reach in the healthcare industry by getting into the patient care business, aiming to cut healthcare costs. Through its Optum unit, the largest insurer in the country has also become the biggest independent providers of urgent care.

4 must-know facts for health leaders about value-based models

As pressure increases to speed the transition from the fee-for-service model to value-based care, a new report provides four lessons that healthcare leaders can use to maximize quality and value.

Comprehensive primary care saves money, but is it better?

When primary care providers offer more comprehensive care, it cuts costs for both the health system and individual patients, while reducing hospitalizations, according to research published in the  Annals of Family Medicine.

Patient-centered medical homes don't maximize HIT to coordinate care

Physicians practicing in patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) still depend on non-health IT methods of coordinating care, and their use of electronic health records for supporting coordinated care were not aligned with their priorities, according to a new study from the  Annals of Family Medicine.

3 ways providers can drive patient engagement

The healthcare industry's shift from volume to value has made it more important than ever for hospitals and healthcare organizations to actively engage patients in their care, according to  Health Affairs.

Hospital cuts C-section rates with data transparency, scheduling rule changes

A hospital in Orange County, California, cut its cesarean section rates from one of the highest in the area to just slightly more than 1 in 3 over a three-year period, according to Kaiser Health News.

EHR alert significantly boosts HPV vaccination rates

Simply turning on and using a reminder alert about the Human Papillomavirus vaccine during a patient visit can greatly improve vaccination rates, according to a new study in the  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

3 ways physicians can curb painkiller abuse

If there is any silver lining to the opioid abuse crisis, it's the way it's inspired creative solutions to address the problem. Here are three techniques that most physicians can adapt to serve their own patients' unique needs while reducing the risk of prescription drug abuse and dependence.

Half of uninsured Americans lack confidence when selecting health plans

Nearly half of uninsured Americans lack confidence when it comes to selecting the right health plan, while nearly two-thirds wish they had more information about health insurance terms,  according to a recent survey from nonprofit Enroll America.