Rather than focusing only on the data presented when a patient appears for treatment, ACOs should drill down into the data to find patients with gaps in their care, according to Wanda Kochhar, founder and chief executive officer at analytics service provider Outcomes Health Information Solutions.
Despite strong evidence that team-based care models do effectively achieve their goals of improved health outcomes, happier patients and more satisfied physicians and staff, most practices need more help than is currently available to learn how to transform .
A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that patients indeed made fewer trips to the doctor from 2008 to 2009 than they did from 2005 to 2006.
Amid all the talk about the reform law's insurance implications is a little known provision that requires a new benefit for insurers to cover--breast pumps and lactation consultant visits--that went into effect Jan. 1.
Nearly a third of U.S. adults said they put off getting medical care because of costs in 2012--the highest figure since Gallup started tracking the phenomenon.
It's pretty hard to take advantage of a deal allowing you to, say, get a free cancer screening if you don't know that said deal even exists. That's why covering preventive care is only...
Routine checkups don't directly reduce a patient's risk of dying from cancer or heart disease, but that doesn't mean that they aren't beneficial, concluded a study published in the British Medical Journal.
Although patient volume appears to have bounced back in recent months from recession-related declines, patients are still visiting the doctor far less often than they were a decade ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Big-name, for-profit insurance companies didn't fare well in a national analysis of health plans by the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA), but integrated health systems and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan were winners.
Massachusetts can see even greater success in expanding health insurance coverage and improving quality care by recognizing healthcare as a "unique interconnected ecosystem," according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts CEO Andrew Dreyfus.