Infographic: eHealth Silver Surfers

August 28th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Silver surfers, digital-savvy seniors who use technology in their everyday lives, want to use ehealth for health management—a preference that makes them a desirable group for Medicare plans, according to a new Accenture infographic.

The infographic examines how silver surfers are using technology to manage their health and how health plans can take advantage of these opportunities.

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2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & TelemedicineThe world of digitally enabled care is exploding: the number of patients using telehealth services will rise to 7 million in 2018, according to IHS Technology; healthcare apps and 'wearables' are trending in technology circles and healthcare providers' offices; and CMS's new 'Next Generation ACO' model is expected to favor expanded telehealth coverage.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Telemedicine delivers actionable new telehealth metrics on technologies, program components, successes and ROI from 115 healthcare organizations. This 60-page report, now in its fourth year, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and telemedicine initiatives, with historical perspective from 2009 to present.

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Infographic: Leveraging Healthcare Technology

August 26th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Leveraging Healthcare TechnologyTechnology has the potential to transform the healthcare delivery system by improving communication, streamlining workflows, simplifying information-sharing and allowing patients to engage in their healthcare, according to an infographic by XIFIN.

The infographic looks at how to optimize economics in the healthcare system and the potential impact of this optimization.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management: Leveraging Technology in a Value-Based SystemEncouraged by early success in coaching 23 patients to wellness at home via remote monitoring, CHRISTUS Health expanded its remote patient monitoring (RPM) enrollment to 170 high-risk, high-cost patients. At that scaling-up juncture, the challenge for CHRISTUS shifted to balancing its mission of keeping patients healthy and in their homes with maintaining revenue streams sufficient to keep its doors open in a largely fee-for-service environment.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management: Leveraging Technology in a Value-Based System chronicles the evolution of the CHRISTUS RPM pilot, which is framed around a Bluetooth®-enabled monitoring kit sent home with patients at hospital discharge.

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Post-Acute Care Improvement: 9 Trends to Know

August 25th, 2015 by Patricia Donovan

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Healthcare favors a unified cross-setting PAC payment system, according to 2015 PAC metrics from the Healthcare Intelligence Network.


Across the continuum of post-acute care (PAC) providers—defined as skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), home health agencies (HHAs), inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs)—skilled nursing is the sector most in need of reform, say 40 percent of healthcare organizations who responded to a 2015 survey on Post-Acute Care Trends.

Also in need of revamping are PAC payment models, the Healthcare Intelligence Network survey determined. While 53 percent have already incorporated PAC services into value-based reimbursement methodologies such as an accountable care organization (ACO) or shared savings arrangement, 60 percent of respondents would like to see Medicare adopt a unified cross-setting PAC payment system that would follow the patient across care sites.

Already participating in Models 2 and 3 of CMS’s ongoing Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative, PAC providers are also gearing up for closer scrutiny of skilled nursing facility (SNF) readmission rates by Medicare beginning in 2018. The federal payor has been monitoring 30-day hospital readmission rates since 2012, gradually expanding the list of applicable readmissions measures and scaling readmission reimbursement.

The top tactics to improve quality, enhance care coordination and reduce spend associated with post-acute care include care transition management, development of PAC partnerships and integration of all PAC services, say respondents.

Here are five more metrics from HIN's 2015 Post-Acute Care Trends survey:

  • A case manager helms PAC improvement initiatives for 38 percent of respondents.
  • Patient transitions between care sites is the top PAC challenge, say 25 percent of respondents.
  • Half of responding organizations say heart failure and shock are the most challenging health conditions to manage in PAC settings.
  • Eighty-five percent of respondents said care coordination improved as a result of these efforts, while 36 percent observed a decline in hospital readmissions from PAC facilities.
  • The INTERACT™ (Interventions to Reduce Acute-Care Transfers) program and tools, designed to reduce the frequency of PAC transfers to acute hospitals, are frequently cited by respondents as critical to PAC coordination. The INTERACT tool was initially developed by Joseph G. Ouslander, MD and Mary Perloe, MS, GNP, at the Georgia Medical Care Foundation.

The post-acute care arena is rich with opportunity for improvement, agreed many respondents.

"PAC is the blockbuster drug the U.S. healthcare system has been waiting for," concluded one survey respondent, noting that post-acute care provides big financial levers for provider organizations to align clinically, financially and operationally. "Forward-thinking providers are organizing to amass large pools of manageable risk and recalibrating to optimize care delivery and share meaningfully in the medical expense reduction associated with better more effective and patient centric care. This is a win all the way around."

Download an executive summary of 2015 PAC survey results.

Infographic: 17 Trends Driving & Shaping Healthcare

August 24th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

While healthcare, as a whole, continues to evolve, so do the opportunities for accessibility, efficient delivery, provider alignment, and ultimately, a value-based healthcare system, according to a new infographic by Legacy DNA Marketing Group.

The infographic examines the 17 drivers and shapers of change in the healthcare industry.

Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2015: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare IndustryFrom collaboration and consolidation to the inevitable acceptance of a value-based system, the state of healthcare continues to stimulate health plans, providers and employers.

Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2015: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry, HIN's eleventh annual industry forecast, examines the factors challenging healthcare players and suggests strategies for organizations to distinguish themselves in the steadily evolving marketplace.

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Infographic: Do People Trust Telemedicine?

August 21st, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Telemedicine could play a pivotal role in the ongoing efforts to improve access to healthcare services while reducing healthcare costs. Virtual, video-based doctor's appointments can help reduce the strain on general practitioners, and encourage preventative care. They also offer a cheaper, more-convenient alternative to in-person appointments, according to a new infographic by TechnologyAdvice Research.

The infographic highlights results from a TechnologyAdvice Research study, which sheds light on the current hesitations by healthcare consumers about video-based services, and the ways in which providers can better market their current offerings.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & TelemedicineThe world of digitally enabled care is exploding: the number of patients using telehealth services will rise to 7 million in 2018, according to IHS Technology; healthcare apps and 'wearables' are trending in technology circles and healthcare providers' offices; and CMS's new 'Next Generation ACO' model is expected to favor expanded telehealth coverage.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Telemedicine delivers actionable new telehealth metrics on technologies, program components, successes and ROI from 115 healthcare organizations. This 60-page report, now in its fourth year, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and telemedicine initiatives, with historical perspective from 2009 to present.

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Infographic: HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules Cheat Sheet

August 19th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Healthcare providers and business associates must protect ePHI across all systems and technologies to prevent data breaches and remain HIPAA compliant, according to a new infographic by Scrypt, Inc.

The infographic looks at how data breaches occur, how to prevent a breach and the risks surrounding mobile devices. The infographic also provides a HIPAA checklist based on the Department of Health and Human Services' recently released guide to the Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information.

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Infographic: Diabetes Drug Costs

August 17th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Primarily because of escalating drug costs, spending on insulin and other diabetes medications is expected to rise 8.3 percent over the next three years, according to a new infographic by the Alliance of Community Health Plans.

The infographic examines the percent increase of diabetes drug costs over the past five years and how this is impacting healthcare consumers, employers, healthcare providers and payors and the federal government.

Remote Monitoring of High-Risk Patients: Telehealth Protocols for Chronic Care ManagementReal-time remote management of high-risk populations curbed hospitalizations, hospital readmissions and ER visits for more than 80 percent of respondents and boosted self-management levels for nearly all remotely monitored patients, according to 2014 market data from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN).

Remote Monitoring of High-Risk Patients: Telehealth Protocols for Chronic Care Management profiles a successful eight-year initiative by New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation's (NYCHHC) House Calls Telehealth Program that significantly lowered patients' A1C blood glucose levels.

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Infographic: Digital Health and the Physician-Patient Relationship

August 14th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Without question technology is having a profound impact on the practice of medicine with the availability of health information on the internet, according to a new infographic by Vigyanix.

The infographic looks at how digital health is impacting the physician-patient relationship, popular health apps available to consumers and how the availability of information changes patient decisions.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & TelemedicineThe world of digitally enabled care is exploding: the number of patients using telehealth services will rise to 7 million in 2018, according to IHS Technology; healthcare apps and 'wearables' are trending in technology circles and healthcare providers' offices; and CMS's new 'Next Generation ACO' model is expected to favor expanded telehealth coverage.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Telemedicine delivers actionable new telehealth metrics on technologies, program components, successes and ROI from 115 healthcare organizations. This 60-page report, now in its fourth year, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and telemedicine initiatives, with historical perspective from 2009 to present.

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Infographic: Primary Care’s View of Changing Healthcare Landscape

August 12th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews


Primary care providers are seeing a host of changes in the delivery and reimbursement of the care they provide.

A new infographic by the Commonwealth Fund looks at the perception of physicians and nurse practitioners and physician assistants of these emerging models.

6 Value-Based Physician Reimbursement Models: Action Plans for Alignment, Analytics and Profitability In today's value-based healthcare sphere, providers must not only shoulder more responsibility for healthcare outcomes, cost and quality but also align with emerging compensation models rewarding these efforts—models that often seem confusing or contradictory. The challenges for payors and partners in creating a common value-based vision are sizing the reimbursement model to the provider organization and engaging physicians' skills, knowledge and behaviors to foster program success.

6 Value-Based Physician Reimbursement Models: Action Plans for Alignment, Analytics and Profitability examines a set of provider compensation models across the collaboration continuum, advising adopters on potential pitfalls and suggesting strategies to survive implementation bumps.

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Infographic: Trends in Integrating Behavioral Health & Primary Care

August 10th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Almost two-thirds of healthcare organizations have integrated behavioral health and primary care to some degree, with 31 percent achieving "close collaboration onsite in a partly integrated system," according to 2015 Healthcare Intelligence Network metrics.

A new infographic by HIN examines the level of integration achieved by healthcare organizations, plans to integrate within the next 12 months and the percent of organizations using telehealth for behavioral health consults.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary CareBehavioral health conditions affect nearly one of five Americans, leading to healthcare costs of $57 billion a year, on par with cancer, according to a 2009 AHRQ brief. Despite this impact, and the ACA's provision for behavioral healthcare as an essential health benefit, progress toward total integration of behavioral healthcare into the primary care system has been slow.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care captures healthcare's efforts to achieve healthcare parity and honor the joint principles of the patient-centered medical home, including a whole person orientation and provision of coordinated and/or integrated care. Click here for more information.

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