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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey announced today that it is launching a new, family-focused program to improve the health of children. This is Horizon BCBSNJ’s first patient-centered program dedicated to pediatric care....
The proposals to scrap Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula for updating physician pay include less-noticed provisions rewarding practices that operate as a patient-centered medical home. There is a twist, however. The medical home...
Background: There is growing evidence that practice-based care management can improve clinical quality and reduce costly healthcare utilization. Objectives: To explore how a disparate group of patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs)...
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) launched a free online database that identifies innovative primary care workforce training programs throughout the U.S. It focuses specifically on programs...
New results show that Monmouth County public employees are benefitting from a new wellness initiative designed by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. County employees who used physicians in Horizon BCBSNJ’s Patient-Centered...
Anthem Blue Cross and its Accountable Care Organization (ACO) partners showed across the board improvements in the treatment of patients in 2012, the first full year of Anthem’s program, including a 35 percent increase in the number of...
Julie Burke is a busy mother of three boys who has better things to do than sit in a doctor’s office waiting for an appointment. That’s why the Sparta woman has been happy to participate in a two-year pilot program at the Sparta Clinic of...
As I walk to the door of my patient's house on a dirt road outside Tuscaloosa, Ala., I step gingerly. Mrs. Edgars says that she killed a rattlesnake in her flower bed last year. She is at the door, expecting my visit. Mr. Edgars sits on...
Q. How big an impact will the continuing growth in medical homes and ACOs have on the reduction in preventable readmissions?  “If we recognize that avoidable readmissions are the ultimate stamp of a fragmented health care system, then the...
A new Standards & Interoperability Framework initiative launched today by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT aims to create a common technical standard to allow prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) to share...
A Portland doctor has a theory about what lies behind the strides being made in care delivery for Oregon’s Medicaid population. We reported last week that the Oregon Health Authority issued a report on the state’s 16 Coordinated Care...
Statement Attributable to: Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH Chief Executive Officer, Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative Dear Members of the Senate Finance/House Ways and Means Committee: As a large and diverse stakeholder group, we...
You've heard the grim prognosis many times before. Unless immediate action is taken, the U.S. supply of doctors will be 91,500 short of the number needed by 2020 and 130,600 physicians short by 2025, according to an Association of American...
Family physicians in the throes of creating patient-centered medical home (PCMH) practices, learning about medical neighborhoods, and gaining full functionality of their electronic health records (EHRs) may appreciate a new report that...
Colorado's experiment with accountable care in Medicaid has led to a second year of savings, and other states are taking note. Colorado Medicaid achieved $44 million in gross savings or “cost avoidance” in its accountable care...
Synopsis Health information technology and electronic health applications will likely change the shape of the health care workforce, by raising efficiency; allowing more patient care to be provided by physician assistants and nurse...
The Democratic and Republican leaders of two key congressional committees have agreed on a framework to scrap the problematic Medicare payment formula for physicians and replace it with one that would link physician reimbursement to the...
Background  The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula – the mechanism that ties physician payment updates to the relationship between overall fee schedule spending and growth in gross domestic product (GDP) – is fundamentally broken....
Over the past few years, we have seen increasing interest in a new area of psychiatry called “integrated care” or “collaborative care,” and today I have the privilege of writing the first in what will become a monthly Psychiatric News ...
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today announced the names of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates during its 43rd annual meeting.  Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and...

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