“I feel like I’m invisible to the provider when they’re looking at the computerized chart. I would like them to sit with me, and together we face that computer, and they show me what they are seeing and reading,” said a patient, when asked about the impact of EHRs on medical visits.
In their ideal forms, healthcare and technology should not be complicated. However, there’s an interesting tension at their intersection in which technology doesn’t always seem to simplify matters in healthcare. In other industries, technology creates value by streamlining workflows, freeing up time, and generally reducing complexity. Virtual administrative assistants can automatically coordinate calendars to schedule appointments, and collaboration tools have enabled more effective remote and asynchronous communication.
In many industries, corporate consolidation is championed for increased efficiency and revenue. But, as a wave of consolidation has hit healthcare, it’s been met with mixed outcomes.
With healthcare M&A activity reaching new highs in 2015, it is clear the industry is in the midst of widespread transformation and conglomeration. A 2016 Modern Healthcare survey found that nearly 80% of healthcare CEOs believe the rate of consolidation will remain consistent or accelerate in the coming years.
As healthcare continues its shift from fee-for-service to value-based care, providers have been looking for ways to partner with other entities in order to keep up with the changing landscape. For small medical practices facing significant pressure, the promise of reaching economies of scale is driving them to look at options like Clinically Integrated Networks, or CINs.
In this digital, tech-enabled world, clinicians across the care continuum still rely on patients to self-report their current and previous medications. Given that one-third of Americans take five or more prescription drugs, medication histories often get spotty, leading to potentially dangerous outcomes.
Five years ago, the predictive analytics industry reached a new milestone. Target, the 6th largest retailer in the U.S., developed an algorithm to accurately identify pregnant women based on their purchases— and, in some cases, did so a bit too early.
Post-acute care is a vital component of a patient’s healthcare journey. Between 2008 and 2013, the number of Medicare patients transitioning from hospitals into post-acute care increased by nearly 5 percent. The importance of post-acute providers, who are responsible for helping patients safely return to their normal lives after a hospital stay, increases as healthcare continues its shift from payment-centered to patient-centered care. We took a closer look at some of the biggest trends impacting post-acute care today, and what these changes mean for providers in this.
In healthcare, the highest utilizers— comprised of just the top 1% of patients—represent nearly one-quarter of all healthcare spending, according to a 2012 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality study. With healthcare spending at an all-time high, everyone can agree that reducing these costs is a must. But, these “frequent fliers” or super-utilizers, often fly under the radar, making it difficult to identify, intervene and coordinate their care, all of which are steps necessary for improvement.
You or someone in your family most likely has experienced dealing with too many healthcare providers at once; whether it's a child getting injured while on the road for an away soccer game; trying to manage going to the right ER while you're in an ambulance with EKG leads being placed on you; or just regularly dealing with a patchwork of multiple specialty healthcare providers in addition to a primary care physician.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their ACO performance results for both MSSP and Pioneer programs on August 25. These trailblazing provider organizations are bravely taking responsibility for the quality, cost and care of elderly and disabled Americans insured by Medicare.