If you are thinking about a blockchain solution for your organization, it’s good to know which solutions are poised to deliver the greatest return on investment. This article highlights two of the most promising uses of blockchain in decentralized health care: digital distributed transactional ledgers and smart contracts.
Knowledge management helps health care organizations of all types and sizes more effectively manage internally and externally generated knowledge, enhance care and customer/patient service.
A premortem process is a managerial strategy that asks project team members to envision the failure of their project, to think backwards and determine how and why this failure occurred, and to create ways to address any risks identified.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Determining PAC Networks with Medicare's New CJR Program By Debra Mathias
As seen in Healthcare Informatics. Hospitals participating in Medicare’s mandatory new Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) reimbursement model need to develop a high-quality preferred post-acute care (PAC) network to which they can discharge high-risk CJR patients. Hospitals can do so either independently or by using an external consultant. The PAC must, per CMS, have a minimum 3-star rating or reimbursement will be negatively impacted. By developing a PAC preferred provider network based on objective criteria and supported...
Navigate Effectively through Medicare’s CJR Program – An Overview By Debra Mathias
As seen in Healthcare Informatics. Experience is no substitute for expediency. Consider the example of Edward John Smith, Captain of the maiden (and final) voyage of the RMS Titanic in 1912. Despite being one of the world’s most experienced sea captains, Smith failed to change the Titanic’s course or reduce speed, even though he knew his ship was headed straight into a massive iceberg zone. We all know how that story ends. Similarly, despite a massive sea change in health...
It is easy to picture an internist lamenting his patients’ seeming inability to improve their health by making better lifestyle choices: “If I could just get some of my patients to eat less, exercise more and quit smoking, they’d have a much greater quality of life and need to see me far less.”
As seen in Health Intelligence Network. Just as “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” neither is an efficient, sustainable, and physician-focused accountable care organization (ACO). Instead, expect to embrace a stair-step approach to making the necessary changes in your care delivery and administrative practices. Competency and capability development is always multi-dimensional, so consider these five steps as a benchmark for your organization’s critical thinking on ACO development. Introduction In California, we’re now in what could be termed the “second generation”...