Shared decision making (SDM) continues to gain great momentum through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and Meaningful Use (MU), but a proposed change to the MU requirement for Stage 3 threatens that progress.
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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. Who are they? Chances are you are one of them.
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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.
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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.
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Arthritis of the hip. Pain. Limping. Lack of sleep. This is not a condition for the faint of heart. Eager to do as much as I could for myself and avoid unnecessary surgeries, I began a quest to improve my hip health. First stop—the Healthwise® Knowledgebase, where I learned that I was not alone and that others have had success in using different approaches to improve their symptoms. After learning about my options, I decided that the right approach for me at the time was a combination of exercise, weight management, pain management, physical therapy, and holistic medicine.
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According to the National Patient Safety Foundation, patient safety remains a challenge, including medication errors, falls, readmissions, and diagnostic errors. As National Safety Month 2014 comes to a close, here’s a story about how we may overcome some of these challenges.
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