Care Coordination

Exploring Patients’ Roles in Chronic Illness Care Coordination

May 17, 2017 - Strong care coordination is one of the core necessities for effective chronic disease management. Patients managing a chronic illness are confronted with a plethora of health information, often coming from multiple different specialists and primary care clinicians. All of this information must be sent from one clinician to the other, with each doctor knowing what the other is doing to achieve...

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CHLA Health Network Drives Coordinated Pediatric Care Access

by Sara Heath

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) launched the CHLA Health Network, a coalition that aims to improve access to coordinated pediatric healthcare across Southern California. The CHLA Health Network currently includes over 100 clinicians...

Mental Healthcare Access Shrinks as Patient Demand Grows

by Sara Heath

More patients are struggling with mental healthcare access than ever before, despite the needs from a growing patient population, according to a study from NYU Langone Medical Center. In an assessment of survey responses to the National Health...

AHA Publishes Guide to Drive IHS Patient Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a guide to help promote patient healthcare access and care coordination for those served by the Indian Health Services (IHS) and other health systems. The one-page guide reviews how both IHS...

Patient Care Navigators Increase Care Quality, Decrease Costs

by Sara Heath

Non-clinical laypeople make effective patient care navigators, offering a low-cost solution for offering care coordination services to aging cancer patients trying to access quality treatment, according to a recent study published in JAMA Oncology....

70% of Senior Patients Need Better Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

Care coordination is an integral part of providing quality healthcare to senior patients, many of which are managing a chronic health condition. But according to a recent survey from CareMore Health, only about 30 percent of senior-aged patients...

Why Patient Satisfaction is More Than “Making Patients Happy”

by Sara Heath

Patient satisfaction efforts need to shift away from simply “making patients happy,” to delivering individualized treatment to optimize care. These efforts cannot be about improving everything for every patient, but delivering the...

Care Coordination, Follow-Up May Boost Diabetes Care Outcomes

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement techniques, including care coordination and follow-up communication, can produce more positive outcomes for patients with diabetes, shows a recent study published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. The research team,...

Care Coordination May Improve Behavioral Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry should do more to improve behavioral healthcare access and substance abuse disorder treatment, says an op-ed published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in order to account for the growing patient...

Financial Incentives May Not Always Drive Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

Could financial incentives drive better patient engagement and care outcomes? Probably no, says one recent study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, led by researchers at Columbia University’s...

Patient Engagement, Quality “Too Important to Leave to Luck”

by Sara Heath

To create an industry filled with robust patient engagement that builds to quality healthcare, leaders will need to focus on care coordination and integrating the patient into the care team. How to develop that engagement was the hot topic at...

Top 3 Factors Driving Patient-Centered Healthcare Initiatives

by Sara Heath

When it comes to patient-centered healthcare and shifting away from reactionary medicine, providers and patients need to keep three key factors in mind: patient access to healthcare, care coordination, and patient technology adoption. A recent...

Patient Engagement, Education Lacking in Cancer Care Plans

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement and patient education are severely lacking in cancer care, often leaving patients emotionally and physically distressed, says CancerCare’s 2016 Patient Access and Engagement Report. The report includes a series of six...

Why Patient-Centered Care Coordination Must Start with PCPs

by Sara Heath

As value-based reimbursement makes patient-centered care coordination a serious financial advantage, primary care providers must take on a greater role in patient management and preventative care delivery.   Becoming a centralized hub for...


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