Category “Quality, Efficiency, Utilization”

How Medical Scribes Boost Productivity, Revenue and Satisfaction

In a recent essay in The Atlantic, Rena Xu, a resident physician in Boston, illuminates the healthcare burnout crisis by analogizing a young chef at an upscale restaurant. Her talented young chef is ambitious and plenty capable, but things just keep getting tougher. For one thing, older chefs are retiring faster than new…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Life as a Scribe, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

The Vital Importance of Managing Online Reviews

Online reviews for physicians and hospitals aren’t always fair or accurate. They can also be wildly inconsistent from website to website. But they’re important. And getting more important all the time. The numbers are compelling. Large percentages of patients are looking for information online and basing their healthcare decisions on…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 7 August, 2018

The Potential Benefits of Providing Palliative Care

It’s well established that patients with late-stage disease can benefit greatly from palliative care, but recent research suggests that they’re not the only ones with something to gain. Hospitals appear to benefit, too, in the form of substantially reduced costs. A new study that incorporates data culled from more than 130,000 patients…

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Posted In: CareThrough, Future of Healthcare, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 31 July, 2018

The Promise and Obstacles of Telehealth

Can telehealth enhance patient experience, reduce costs, and improve population health? In other words, is it the quintessential answer to the 21st century’s “Triple Aim” of health care delivery? As technology marches forward, and the reimbursement landscape shifts away from traditional fee-for-service care, the potential to effectively treat patients in…

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Posted In: Compliance, Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

The Importance of Collaboration in Value-Based Care

The transition to value-based reimbursement, with its emphasis on the entire continuum of care, is bound to lead to some uneasy partnerships among caregivers. But those who forge successful collaborations across specialties and disciplines will be the best positioned to reap the potential benefits of the shift away from fee-for-service…

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Posted In: CareThrough, Future of Healthcare, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 10 July, 2018

Why Patients are Avoiding Care and What You Can Do About it

The easy answer as to why people delay, or completely avoid, getting the medical care they need is money. Especially in this era of proliferating high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), the thinking goes, health care consumers can’t or won’t abide the prospect of shelling out thousands of dollars before their benefits…

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Posted In: CareThrough, Future of Healthcare, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 5 June, 2018

Are Value-Based Payments Unfair to Some Providers?

If providing healthcare to the aged, the homeless, the unemployed, the uninsured and the educationally challenged can be considered a good deed, current value-based payment models appear to substantiate the adage that no good deed goes unpunished. That’s the theme of at least three recent studies, the first of which comes from…

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Posted In: CareThrough, Future of Healthcare, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 29 May, 2018

The Challenge of Creating Secure Patient Portals

Patient portals are changing the way patients think about and access health care. Along with messaging their physicians, patients can now use portals to schedule appointments, access lab results, fill prescriptions, view their health records, update their demographic information, access discharge and medication instructions, and pay their bills. In some…

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Posted In: CareThrough, Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 22 May, 2018
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