Despite their importance, care transitions today are fraught with problems. It might take an hour to identify all the members of a care team or locate the on-call physician…and this is where the care transition can fall apart… so what is the best way to avoid that?
“A physician unveiled a poster at ASCO15 that demonstrated the interest in oncology on Twitter with the development of hashtags dedicated to specific types of cancer. The goal was to help stimulate and direct twitter conversations to provides another source of information, boost patient education and stimulate advocacy…….. continued..”
“Commentary: For many benefits professionals, the different private exchange offerings and the varied value propositions they present can be overwhelming. So let’s take a step back and examine the issues one at a time – read more here.”
“The Institute of Medicine reported in 2010 that 30 percent of healthcare spending, or $750 billion a year, was wasteful….. read more here….
“Good information written by Kait Moore who is a MBA candidate at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and Account Manager at The Warner Companies.”
“Jane Maier was one of a select group of patients invited in early 2012 to help Partners HealthCare, Massachusetts’ largest health system, pick its new electronic health record system – a critical investment of close to $700 million.
The system, which is now being phased in, will help coordinate services and reshape how patients and doctors find and read medical information. The fact that Partners sought the perspective of patients highlights how hospitals increasingly care about what their customers think……read more here“
“There is more than one way to become an accountable care organization.
In the case of St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, N.H., its first foray into active care coordination is not the result of a risk-based contract with an outside payer, but because it self-insures employees, and thus was already at financial risk for the health of many of its patients…… read more here..”
Often forgotten is the caregiver, the person who carries the burden for a sick spouse, child, parent or friend. This article brings to attention just how important they are, and all the jobs they perform in their role. In addition it illuminates the FACT that as a entity, caregivers are a big population in the United States. It is estimated that 65.7 million adults (29% of our U.S. population) are currently serving as a caregiver to someone. This supports the direction that some health systems have taken (such as Johns Hopkins Healthcare Solutions) in putting together programs that not only can help the sick, but also help the caregiver and even their employer – read more here about Johns Hopkins Healthcare Solutions…..
“Whether it’s exercise, eating well or reducing stress, being proactive about our health saves time and money. But who wants to do all that work? Most of us can admit – to ourselves, if not our healthcare providers – that we’d prefer to stay on the couch, binge-watching Netflix and eating delicious junk food that we know will clog our arteries. Oops?”…..Read more here. [Read more…]
“Report: Emails, text messages helped hospital cut readmissions for congestive heart failure patients” – read more here.