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The President’s Corner: November/December 2015

Last month, the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), with funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), offered the AHCJ Fellowship on Comparative Effectiveness Research. A group of 12 health care journalists from around the country spent four days in Washington DC at the PCORI offices getting a “crash course” in comparative effectiveness research (CER) and how it can be used to improve health and health care. Continue reading

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Leslie Kelly Hall

The Business Case for Patient Engagement: Convenience and the Wild Card

The third and final population we need to look at when we design patient engagement strategies is the caregiver. Surprised? Yes, they are the wild card in patient engagement. Continue reading

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Leslie Kelly Hall

The Business Case for Patient Engagement: Retention for the Insured Patient

Managing the financial mix of patient populations in hospitals or clinics is a bit of science and a bit of an art. Today’s insured may be tomorrow’s at-risk or value-based-payment patient or member. The changes in reimbursement highlight the need for providers to retain patients or members for longer-term relationships versus the episodic care model of the past. These relationships will help promote efficiency in operations as well as financial and quality outcomes. Providers who build strong relationships, customer loyalty, and care coordination will be able to retain patients regardless of the fluid status of each individual’s financial relationship. Financial stability will come from providing appropriate levels of care to each individual. Continue reading

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Employees Take Action to Show What Better Health Care Looks Like

October 18‒24, 2015, is RightCare Action Week, a grassroots initiative of the Lown Institute, a nonprofit think tank, built on taking action to remind patients and health care professionals of “what good medical care can and should be.” Here at the Foundation and at our sister organization, Healthwise, we encouraged employees to think about what “right care” means to them and to participate in the “What RightCare Means to Me” photo campaign. Continue reading

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Michael J. Barry, MD

The President’s Corner: September/October 2015

I attended the 6th annual Wennberg International Collaborative (WIC) Fall Research Meeting in London September 2-4, 2015. This invitation-only meeting is a collaboration between The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The WIC is a research network committed to improving health care by examining organizational and regional variation in health care resources, utilization, and outcomes. The goal of the collaboration is to better understand the causes and consequences of unwarranted variation—that is, variation in health care not explained by differences in population needs or preferences—around the world, leading to clinical improvement and policy change. Continue reading

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