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How ACOs Can Use Pharmacists for Wellness Coaching, Engagement

April 30, 2018 - In accountable care organizations (ACOs), fostering overall patient health requires high-touch patient wellness coaching. For ACOs facing the surmounting pressure to spark patient health behavior change, integrating pharmacists as another part of the clinician team is essential. At Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO), a physician- and hospital-owned value-based network and ACO,...


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At-Home Chronic Disease Management Aids Patient Self-Care

by Sara Heath

A new at-home chronic disease management strategy can help patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) take care of their symptoms outside of the clinic, a boon for value-based care and other current industry initiatives, showed a recent study....

Improvements Needed for Patient Engagement Apps, Health Behavior

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals and mHealth app designers must identify ways to make medication adherence apps produce improvements in wellness measures, indicates a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Currently,...

How Chronic Disease Management Programs Support Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations across the country are shifting their patient engagement efforts toward a more consumer-oriented and retail-style strategy. Hospitals and clinics are increasingly concerned with their online reputations, while at the...

Low Medication Adherence Common in Younger, Depressed Patients

by Sara Heath

Younger patients and patients managing depression are more likely to have low medication adherence, according to a recent survey from the American Kidney Fund (AKF). The survey of over 1,200 dialysis patients found that patients ages 18 to 39...

Chronic Care Diagnoses Need Better Patient-Provider Communication

by Sara Heath

When diagnosing a patient with a chronic illness, the way a clinician communicates with the patient matters. But a new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine shows that there are several areas in which patient-provider communication...

Medication Synchronization Reveals Medication Adherence Barriers

by Sara Heath

Medication Synchronization Reveals Medication Adherence Barriers For patients taking numerous medications, keeping track of those treatments can be tricky, often keeping those patients from achieving full medication adherence. As more patients...

Patient-Provider Communication Vital for Appointment Agenda-Setting

by Sara Heath

Patient-provider communication and collaboration can lead to better appointment agenda-setting, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Appointment preparation has become an important topic...

High Out-of-Pocket Costs Keeping Cancer Patients from Treatment

by Sara Heath

High out-of-pocket costs and patient financial responsibility are keeping cancer patients from filling potentially life-saving prescriptions, according to a group of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania....

Building Patient Trust to Uncover Medication Adherence Barriers

by Sara Heath

Before leaving the exam room, each of Stuart Goldberg’s patients is asked about their medication adherence – how often do they fill prescriptions? Take their pills? How do patients manage the cost of drugs? For Goldberg, a practicing...

Better Patient-Provider Communication Needed for Obesity Care

by Sara Heath

Patients with obesity lack the health literacy and diagnoses necessary to motivate them to access long-term care solutions, according to new research published in Obesity. These findings suggest that clinicians need to leverage better patient-provider...

Patient Goals, Priorities Key for Chronic Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Taking a holistic, patient-centric approach to wellness is crucial to chronic disease management, according to recent research from the Christensen Institute. The paper argues that goal-setting outside of health outcomes will support a path toward...

How to Support Patient Engagement in Pediatric Transitions of Care

by Sara Heath

When working with young chronic illness patients, Cory Nourie, the transition of care officer at Nemours Children’s Health, always asks patients to describe how they are feeling and the symptoms they experience. What might look like a strategy...

NYC Orgs Partner for Patient Self-Management, Health Coaching

by Sara Heath

New York City-based hospital Mount Sinai St. Luke’s has partnered with a local health coaching group to support health coaching and patient self-management. The one-year pilot partnership between Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and City Health...

Why Understanding Low Medication Adherence is a Team Effort

by Sara Heath

It is problematic when any patient doesn’t take a life-saving medication, but it is downright scary when more than two-thirds of HIV positive Medicaid patients have low medication adherence, according to Keith Dunn, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVE....

5 Ways to Improve Medication Adherence in Chronic Care Patients

by Sara Heath

One of the more difficult aspects of medicine may also be one of the most important: putting care and medication plans in the patient’s hands. Chronic illness patients don’t always follow their care management plans, making it imperative...

Top 4 Patient Motivation Techniques for Health Improvement

by Sara Heath

Creating a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan is only half the battle for doctors; actually getting patients to follow through is its own beast. Providers can better achieve overall patient wellness by using a set of patient motivation...

Caregiver, Social Support Key in Patient Self-Management Plans

by Sara Heath

Caregiver presence and strong family engagement help patients adhere to their chronic care self-management plans, according to recent research from the American Thoracic Society. The study, published in the Journal of the American Thoracic Society,...

Debunking 3 Common Patient Engagement Myths

by Sara Heath

Numerous and often conflicting patient-centered care strategies have given rise to a number of patient engagement myths. More healthcare experts than ever are espousing their patient care knowledge, leading to nebulous assertions about which...

The Difference Between Patient Education and Health Literacy

by Sara Heath

Patient education and health literacy are two key concepts in patient engagement and chronic care management. Healthcare experts strive to improve patient health knowledge, asserting that knowledgeable patients are more engaged in shared decision-making...

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