McKesson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Launch Value-based Care Collaborative

McKesson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Launch Value-based Care Collaborative

McKesson Business Performance Services and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) have launched a new company, ACO Partner, a Maximum Services Organization, an innovative collaborative that will leverage McKesson’s physician engagement, care management, and population health services and technology. ACO Partner plans to contract with payers and provider groups nationwide to increase the overall quality of care through strong partnerships in pursuit of the triple aim of lowering costs,
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CMS Launches Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model

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On Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its largest-ever initiative to transform and improve how primary care is delivered and paid. The initiative called the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model will be implemented in up to 20 regions and can accommodate up to 5,000 practices, which would encompass more than 20,000 doctors and clinicians and the 25 million people they serve. The initiative builds on the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative launched
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Report: Top 5 Areas of Concerns for Health System Executives

Advisory Board Names 2014 Revenue Cycle Solutions Awards

47% of health system executives indicated that they were extremely interested in addressing the challenge of rising consumer expectations for service, according to The Advisory Board Company's Annual Health Care CEO Survey. Additionally, 45% of hospital and health system executives said they were extremely interested in identifying patient engagement strategies – a four-percentage-point increase over the previous year.For its Annual Health Care CEO Survey, The Advisory Board Company surveyed 209
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Aetna, St. John Health ACO Partner to Improve Patient Experience

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Aetna and St. John Health System, a part of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and nonprofit health system, today announced a collaboration to launch Aetna Whole Health St. John OKHI in Tulsa County. This new health care product enables doctors to deliver highly coordinated care, track outcomes through shared data, and measure clinical standards to improve quality and efficiency.As part of Aetna Whole Health St. John OKHI, Aetna members will receive coordinated care through Tulsa-area St.
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Survey: Most Americans Don’t Associate Price with Quality Healthcare

Is Defensive Medicine Driving Up Healthcare Costs

With growing efforts to provide people with information about health care prices, some health care experts have expressed concern that patients may avoid low-price care if they associate price with low quality. However, most Americans do not associate the price of care with the quality healthcare, according to an analysis of survey data published in the April issue of Health Affairs.While health care prices vary widely throughout the country, there is no evidence that higher prices are
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Report: Patient Satisfaction Tanks After 20-Minute Doctor Wait Time

Report: Patient Satisfaction Tanks After 20 Minute Doctor Wait Time

When it comes to waiting for a doctor’s appointment, most patients are waiting 19 minutes, 19 seconds – which is just good enough to keep patients happy with their service, according to Vitals 7th annual wait time report. The report finds positive reviews start to skew negative after patients are left waiting more than 20 minutes revealing the important correlation between wait time and patient satisfaction. For instance, 49 percent of patients who had a 15-minute wait rated their doctor
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Senate & House Committee Leaders Demand Answers on 316 Security Breaches on HealthCare.gov

Senate Health Committee Introduce Bill to Help FDA, NIH Attract Top Talent

Republican committee leaders in the Senate and House today asked the administration for information about the 316 security breaches on HealthCare.gov catalogued in a new report released by the nonpartisan government watchdog, the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Between October 2013 to March 2015, HealthCare.gov had 316 security incidents, including 41 which involved personally identifiable information. The GAO reported that HHS does not have complete records of how many people these
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Perfect Alliance: Patient Engagement and Medical Website Personalization

Perfect Alliance: Patient Engagement and Medical Website Personalization

This post is sponsored by  ScienceSoft, an international software development and consulting company with headquarters in the USA (McKinney, Texas) and development centers in Eastern Europe and Asia. Patient engagement serves an ambitious goal of encouraging patients to care about their health more. Generally, it is considered that only private means of delivering information, such as mobile devices (think smart phones and tablets) and patient portals, can help caregivers reach out to users
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Study: 65% of Patient Satisfaction Attributed to Physician Empathy

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65% of patient satisfaction was attributed to physician empathy, according to the study recently published in the Journal of Hand Surgery. The study presented this week at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), links patient-perceived physician empathy with improved outcomes and medical care satisfaction. In the study, 112 new patients (mean age 51) at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery rated personal interaction with
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69% of Providers/Payers Are Uncomfortable with Risks of Value-Based Care

69 percent of healthcare providers and payers are uncomfortable with the risks of value-based care, and 77 percent agree that some providers are losing money by adopting the approach.

By 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will require 50 percent of payments to be value-based, meaning providers are compensated for healthy outcomes rather than each service provided. According to new research from Xerox, 69 percent of healthcare providers and payers are uncomfortable with the risks of value-based care, and 77 percent agree that some providers are losing money by adopting the approach. The Xerox survey reveals that healthcare payers and providers
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