Accountable care organizations, a key feature of the Affordable Care Act, aim to control health care costs, enhance quality in health care and improve population health. But what does "improving population health" really mean?
BodyMedia, which makes the Link activity monitor, is preparing to release the Vue Patch, a disposable monitor in a stick-on patch that will collect a week's worth of data on a user's activity level, sleep patterns and calories burned.
The September edition of the Harvard Business Review had a very compelling article by Robert Kaplan (of balanced scorecard infamy) and Michael Porter (author of Redefining Health Care) entitled “How to Solve the Cost Crisis in Health Care.
Dr. John Brumsted, president and chief executive of Fletcher Allen Health Care, touted to a Senate panel Friday a newly approved 'health care innovation' intended to transform the way Vermont hospitals and dozens of physician practices deliver care...
“We may have a monolith, a monopolistic organization,” Sen. Anthony Pollina, P/D-Washington, suggested after the panel heard from the hospital officials. “I don’t want a system that is enriching hospitals. I want a system helping the public.”
"...as healthcare providers have been challenged to work around new payment models, many are finding that being truly “integrated” means more than just adding wellness centers and post-acute-care services.
Providers are realizing that to stay competitive, they need to have a hand not only in healthcare delivery, but also healthcare financing. And many systems are finding that the best way to do so is through launching their own insurance plans."
Skip the scale and ask the right questions the right way.
University of Utah Health Care convened a team of clinicians and nonclinicians to replace the 0-10 pain scale with conversations that provide more insight and improve care. The method is easy for hospitals to replicate.
This may seem like health care for the “OMG, I’m sick :( ” generation, but clients include high-tech players in New York like Tumblr, Skillshare, General Assembly and Hard Candy Shell. “We’re tech-savvy doctors,” he said, “for tech-savvy patients.”
What is your #1 challenge in clinical quality improvement?
If your hospital is like its peers, it’s changing physician behavior. And changing physician behavior doesn’t happen on its own. It happens by focusing on physician engagement. And who better to know about engaging physicians to achieve quality improvement than physicians themselves. Here is a five step processrecommended by CPM Healthgrades’ ACE (Accelerated Clinical Excellence) physician consultants.
A CMS pilot suggests that community-based interventions can go a long way toward reducing both hospitalizations and readmissions. One of the keys: bringing providers and other caregivers together to better orchestrate care transitions.
"...Too often readmissions are viewed as a hospital problem. "But they are not just a hospital problem. They are not just a patient problem; they are a community problem," she added."
In an exclusive interview, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, M.D. discusses what his state's landmark, 2012 Medicaid reforms mean for providers and patients — and whether they will reach their goals of improving quality and reducing costs.