Getting your “Value-Based Care House” in Order by Embracing Primary Care By Sylvia Dochterman
Many primary care strategies fall short because health systems focus on the old “heads in beds” mentality. Instead, with value-based care, we need primary care to keep patients out of the hospital.
Five Lessons for Making Your Care Coordination Efforts a Lasting Reality By Crystal Cox Cooper and Robin Figueroa
Care coordination can make the difference toward achieving more consistently positive patient health outcomes. It also helps providers meet several new and increasing outcomes-related financial incentives.
For those in health care who predominately work sitting down, it can be challenging – and easy to forget – to occasionally step away from your work. There is growing evidence that sedentary behavior is negatively affecting our health in a way that is costly to our employers and may literally be killing us.
It is a challenging dichotomy. Just as demand for health services continues to rise, health care payers and providers face difficult decisions around potentially changing their organizational structures to meet the health care industry’s upheaval.
As recently as five years ago, due to a variety of technological and financial factors, providers, insurers and patients were relatively slow to adopt remote patient monitoring (RPM) – technology that enables patients to be monitored outside of traditional clinical settings.
Over the past two decades, there has been a boom in research pointing to the benefits of practicing mindfulness at work and in your personal life. That’s especially true for those in health care, given all of its inherent demands. Research is increasingly finding that patients, clinicians and administrators can all benefit from the stress reduction offered by mindfulness practices.
Rome wasn’t built in a day; neither are large-scale health care projects. That’s because large-scale projects typically require sequential step development and extensive input from multiple internal constituents – a process that can take months or even years, depending on your project size.
As seen in Becker’s Hospital Review. Whether your health care organization is physically moving to take advantage of a new location or as part of an organizational need for more space or downsizing, it can be a challenging experience for staff and patients alike. Planning for the move of a health care organization requires specialized skills and experience, and significant amounts of planning time to execute properly. By selecting an appropriate manager for the project, identifying and mitigating any issues, and having...
Eight Questions to Ask When Using Care Coordination Technology with Community Service Providers By Allie Freed
As seen in Becker’s Health IT and CIO Review. In today’s era of value-based care, providers must focus more on care transitions than they have in the past. Providers need to be adept at ensuring that patients get the care they need, when they need it, across the entire care continuum. Yet the reality is that patient transitions are often the weakest point in the chain of care, putting patients at risk and potentially driving up the cost of care. This...
As seen in Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review. Just as investors use portfolio management to ensure that their resources are appropriately balanced among various types of investments, so too should hospital IT leaders use IT portfolio management to direct their allocation of project resources. Given the inevitable push and pull between IT demands and resources, IT portfolio management allows health care organizations to invest in projects offering the greatest potential return. In that sense, it’s similar to how...
As seen in Healthcare Informatics. In health care, “innovation” is often thought of in the context of life-changing tools and technology, such as the late 1970s introduction of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or the more recent advent of modern telehealth. Yet the reality in health care – steeped in tradition and entrenched cultural norms – is that “innovation” often initially comes in smaller bits and bursts before widespread, systemic adoption. Consider how often in health care new ideas...