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Four priorities your health plan must embrace to thrive in the future
Four priorities your health plan must embrace to thrive in the futureHealth plans of the future will focus on consumers: designing products, care and services to support improved health.
Paramedics fight to combat ED visits, readmissionsParamedics can do much more than transport patients to the ED or inpatient care. Payers and providers are increasingly using EMS services to reach out to patients in their homes to improve outcomes and reduce costs.
Do retail clinics decrease emergency room visits?Retail clinics emerge as a way to satisfy the growing demand for healthcare created by the newly insured under the ACA, but contrary to expectations, they do not appear to be leading to meaningful reductions in low-acuity ED visits.
Extended practice hours may reduce emergency room visits
Extended practice hours may reduce emergency room visitsKeeping primary care practices open for more hours, particularly on nights and weekends, reduces patient visits to emergency departments for non-life threatening issues, according to a recent study published in PLOS Medicine.
Insurer shut down causes stirHere’s what to expect from Blue Shield of California’s four-day closure over Obamacare losses.
How health plans can derail ER care costsThe ER Savings Initiative is designed to deliver care in a hybrid model that collaborates with health systems to eliminate the unnecessary use and costs of their ERs.
How social factors are driving precision medicinePrecision medicine isn’t just about genomics anymore. With the field moving forward as the next step in population health management, environmental, social and lifestyle factors that live outside the medical system are increasingly important to target treatments and engage patients. That means health plans also need innovative technology solutions to capture, store and integrate this crucial information.
ED use increases among newly insuredRather than reducing unnecessary, preventable emergency department visits, some healthcare experts say the Affordable Care Act has actually caused them to increase.
[BLOG]: Medications are the new battlefield and pharmacists are the best “recon” agentsMedication-related problems (MRPs) can be a significant patient safety risk, particularly in hospitalized patients. One method used to minimize this safety concern is through medication reconciliation, or the process of documentation of a patient’s outpatient medication list at the time of hospital admission. Medication reconciliation can be performed by any trained health care professional (i.e. nurses, pharmacy technicians, physicians, etc.), however improved patient safety outcomes have been demonstrated when pharmacists perform this process.
Too many kids given codeine in ERs despite risksDespite strong FDA warnings against its use in adolescents, a new study suggests that codeine is prescribed for children during at least 500,000 emergency room (ER) visits each year.