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Emergency Medical Transportation APM to Drive Patient Care Access

February 15, 2019 - The Department of Health & Human Services, alongside the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) have launched the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) program. The advanced payment model (APM) will help drive patient care access to the right provider, at the right time, for a better cost. “This model will create a new set of incentives for emergency...


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Implementing Patient-Centered Quality Metrics in Medicaid Plans

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to embrace value-based payment models that reimburse based on care quality and patient satisfaction, state Medicaid plans are beginning to follow suit. These programs, which cover nearly 72 million...

Promoting Patient Choice, Consumer-Centered Care HHS Priorities

by Sara Heath

Improving patient choice, cutting healthcare costs, and supporting consumer-centered care design are key action areas for the Department of Health & Human Services, the agency said in a recent report. The report, “Reforming...

Physician Primary Care Visits Make Way for Visits with PAs, NPs

by Sara Heath

Fewer patients are visiting their primary care physicians, opting instead for visits with nurse practitioners and physician assistants, according to a recent report from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). Office visits to primary care...

Value-Based Care Drives Preventive Care, Care Management

by Sara Heath

Patients receiving care from a doctor in a value-based care model tend to experience better quality care, receive more preventive care, and yield higher medication adherence and adherence to chronic disease management plans, according to a...

Focus on Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity Grows

by Sara Heath

University medical and public health schools are investing in community health groups working to address issues of health equity and the social determinants of health. At the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health...

How Community Health Workers Support Value-Based Care Principles

by Sara Heath

New data from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that community health workers can reduce hospitalizations by 65 percent, helping organizations deliver on value-based care principles. The research,...

How to Integrate Health Coach Strategies into the Clinical Space

by Sara Heath

With the healthcare industry embracing value-based care models, it will be important for providers to push for overall patient wellness. To that end, providers must help their patients adopt new healthy behaviors, a goal that is largely...

How Patient Loyalty Supports Value-Based Care, Patient Wellness

by Sara Heath

Building strong patient loyalty has become a key goal in an increasingly competitive healthcare industry. In order to survive amongst the numerous healthcare options on the market, healthcare organizations need to become patients’...

Why Quality Measures Must Reflect Patient Values, Care Experience

by Sara Heath

Delivering quality care and creating high-value hospital encounters is essential to a positive patient experience. Understanding how to measure value will help target organization efforts. But how does the medical industry ensure quality...

Consumer-Centric Healthcare Lags Amid Value-Based Care Priorities

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations aren’t making much progress in becoming more consumer-centric, even as industry forces are calling for better patient engagement and activation in healthcare, according to a recent report from healthcare...

UNMC Grant to Support Nurse Education, Patient Care Management

by Sara Heath

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) has received a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the US Healthcare Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to help support the role of nurses in patient care...

Driving Health Equity in Value-Based Care Payment Models

by Sara Heath

Healthcare’s shift from fee-for-service payments to value-based payment models is an important step toward higher-quality healthcare and more judicious healthcare spending. However, emerging payment models must take into account the...

Cerner Unveils Patient-Centered Tool to Support Value-Based Care

by Sara Heath

A new healthcare technology from EHR vendor Cerner Corporation and health plan Lumeris aims to support patients and providers in value-based care models by driving patient-centered care and removing administrative burden, the two companies...

Health Consumers Focus on Patient Wellness, Value-Based Care Access

by Sara Heath

Patients are increasingly embracing a holistic view of their own health, focusing on elements of overall patient wellness and mental health, according to a recent survey from Aetna. The Health Ambitions study, which included a survey of...

How Digital Patient Outreach Tools Boost Preventive Care Visits

by Sara Heath

For Dana Wolf, a quality programs lead at a South Carolina pediatric clinic, adopting text message-based patient outreach tools was like setting a slow cooker. Wolf and her team could onboard patients into the outreach system and, like...

FDA Recommits to Patient-Centered Care, Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The FDA is continuing its efforts for patient-centered care, releasing two separate statements focused on incorporating patient voice into medical product development and improving patient access to affordable drugs. The first statement...

HUD Addresses Housing Quality, Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has reached an agreement with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) that aims to make housing and living conditions healthier for residents, addressing a key social determinant of...

Understanding Patient Relationship Codes in MACRA, QPP

by Sara Heath

In January 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced optional reporting for patient relationship codes that would define the purposes for which a clinician treated a patient. Healthcare professionals should opt...

NCQA Testing Patient-Centered Outcomes Measures in Value-Based Care

by Sara Heath

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is teaming up with four healthcare providers and payers across the country to test new patient-centered outcomes measures. The project, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and The...

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