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It requires an investment in time, money and a lot of work behind the scenes, but industry officials said they’re optimistic that a more coordinated approach to primary care can both cut costs in the long run and lead to healthier outcomes...
The PCMH model engages providers to partner with patients to help them achieve their health goals — rather than merely treating patients when they have illnesses or injuries. “This is a paradigm shift in health care,” notes Karen Jones,...
Rather than a place, the PCMH is an approach to providing primary care that is patient-centered, team-based, and focused on quality and safety. It establishes the patient’s primary care physician as the fundamental coordinator of the...
A few weeks ago, I met up with two of my medical school classmates for a drink. I’ve known them for the past three years, but I never had a heart-to-heart with them before the other night. But it’s the time of year when fourth-year...
Trying to save money in health care isn’t new to Sandra Siegel, RN. A nurse with 30 years’ experience, she remembers working for a managed care company in the ’90s doing precertifications and checking hospital stays. “I worked with...
Dr. Gina Luciano, the Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency at Baystate Health, won the 2014 Primary Care Challenge on Tuesday night, following several weeks of crowd-sourced voting online. Luciano pitched her...
Integrating promotion of online patient portals into primary care visits appears to be the most effective way to increase portal usage, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University-led study published in the Annals of Family Medicine....
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued quality and financial performance results showing that Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have improved patient care and produced hundreds of millions of...
The patient-centered medical home is ideal for babies discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), say those in charge of neonatal care at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City. "It fits this population very well,...
Aetna and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association are joining forces with some of the biggest companies to urge the entire business community to embrace wellness programs as a way to lower healthcare costs and boost employee health. In...
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina has partnered with a variety of of public and private groups to promote the idea of patient-centered medical homes in the hopes of improving health and saving money. In addition to BlueCross, the...
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $295 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,195 health centers in every U.S. State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific...
Weill Cornell Physicians, Cornell University’s physician group, has inked a new accountable care agreement with Aetna, intended to enhance care for approximately 9,000 of the insurer's commercial and Medicare members in New York. “This...
Are we Clueless, and has Cher Horowitz finally found her Tai Frasier? Are primary care providers the cool kids now? According to Dr. Marci Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of the Washington, DC-based Patient-Centered Primary Care...
Addressing the need for improved coordinated care in healthcare delivery systems, the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds and the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) today released the "Care Coordination Fundamentals" course for...
The movement away from fee-for-service medicine toward accountable care in Medicare may get a boost from fresh numbers from the Congressional Budget Office showing spending on the health insurance program for the elderly slowing...
Coordinated care and mHealth technologies are key to reducing disparities in care for vulnerable populations, according to an article at Health Affairs. Research on improving care tends to be narrowly focused and take too long to bring...
Health Equity and the Patient-Centered Medical Home The Institute of Medicine (IOM) set forth goals for care coordination in their report “Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System For The 21st Century,” and established guidelines...
A study authored by Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services (CTI) demonstrating fewer emergency department visits for chronically ill patients cared for in a patient-centered medical home has...
Most agree that the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, has fundamentally changed the health insurance landscape in the United States, but the health-care law is also quietly causing a sea change in the way hospitals and...

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