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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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Leslie Kelly Hall

The Business Case for Patient Engagement: Efficiency for the Medicare Patient

A significant challenge in serving the Medicare population is how to provide quality care while still ensuring financial stability and growth. Looking at the current state of health systems, overall they run a pretty modest profit margin of 6.5%. Overall occupancy rate is 61%, but the majority of that percentage is Medicare patients. This group of patients runs about a -5.4% margin and holds a disproportionate share of the occupied beds in the health system per hospital. What this means is that Medicare patients, whose numbers are increasing, must be managed effectively. Continue reading

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Shared Decision Making and Evidence-Based Practice Unite in Sydney

Every other year, members of the shared-decision-making community gather in a different hub of the world to discuss the evolution of patients and providers engaging in a collaborative conversation around health care decisions. This July, the gathering was quite the landmark event as shared decision making and evidence-based practice united at the first joint International Shared Decision-Making/International Society for Evidence-Based Health Care (ISDM/ISEHC) Conference in Sydney, Australia. Over 300 people from around the globe met at the University of Sydney July 19–22 to share knowledge and inspire action to improve the entire care experience. Continue reading

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